Arctic Monkeys Aus tour “definitely” on the cards

Arctic Monkeys will “definitely” be back in Australia in 2014.

This according to guitarist Jamie Cook, who spoke to FL last week about the band’s forthcoming new album AM and their Australian tour plans for next year. “It’s one of our favourite places to come,” Cook told FL, “and I’m not just saying that. Any excuse to tread down there and do some gigs. But hopefully next year some time.”

The band were last in Australia for the Falls and Southbound festivals in 2011/2012, but with AM due out next Friday (September 6) Cook said the band had yet to lock in any dates. “With the album just coming out now, everything is being put together still so there’s no dates yet. But don’t worry we’ll definitely be down there, hopefully when it’s warm,” he said.

AM was produced by James Ford (who has worked with the group on their last three releases), and was partially recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, as well as at the Sage and Sound recording studios in LA. The last time Arctic Monkeys recorded in the Joshua Tree desert was for 2009’s Humbug, which was co-produced by Jose Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. Described by Homme as a “”sexy after-midnight record””:, AM features the singles ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’.

Arctic Monkeys were strongly rumoured for Big Day Out 2014, but Cook said he wasn’t sure whether the band would be returning for headline shows or festivals. “We did the Big Day Out that one time [2009], and that was great to do, that’s a great festival. But yeah like I said the plans are all up in the air at the minute so I can’t give you an answer to that one, but we’ll definitely be down there soon.”

The full interview with Arctic Monkeys’ Jamie Cook will be published on FL next week.