The band’s fifth LP follows up their 2011 effort, Suck It and See, and was recorded in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. The sessions followed a massive tour with the Black Keys and a performance during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Alex Turner said AM found Arctic Monkeys expanding their live-wire, pub-rock sound into influences from sludgy, Sabbath-esque 1970s rock to 1990s hip-hop like Dr. Dre and Outkast. The record also features guest vocals from Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme (Turner, in turn, appeared on that band’s latest release, …Like Clockwork).
“It’s like a chemical reaction,” Turner said. “If you get the wrong amount of one element, smoke comes out of the test tube. There was a lot of demo’ing and dead ends.”