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Arctic Monkeys Swing Back To Australia In February and March Next Year

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Arctic Monkeys Swing Back To Australia In February and March Next Year

Following the relase of their sixth studio album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' last May, British rockers Arctic Monkeys have announced their return dates to Australia next year February and March. Launching at Perth's RAC Arena, the tour will head its way to Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena and Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena before wrapping up at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. After the AU dates, the tour continues to New Zealand for a show at Auckland's Spark Arena.

The news came after the band announced a new two-track digital bundle—featuring a previously unreleased b-side 'Anyways'— to be dropped on 30 November (through Domino/EMI Music Australia). The band have also shared 'Warp Speed Chic', a short film directed by Ben Chappell and originally shown as part of their AM:ZM exhibitions in London and Sheffield alongside the photography of Zackery Michael.

On 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' (Domino/EMI Music Australia), Arctic Monkeys traded the thick guitar riffs that defined their previous record 'AM', for more piano-driven, suave, lounge pop sound. The album is a perfect example of Arctic Monkeys' special brand of creativity and desire to keep the world guessing. Their most surprising release to date slows down the swagger, and was written largely by Alex Turner on piano in self-imposed isolation. Fed by obscure soundtracks, cult films, European songwriters, and vintage sci-fi, the album was recorded across LA, Paris, and London with long-time producer James Ford. Think velvet jackets and brocade slippers, smoky organs, cinematic art deco visuals, and Alex Turner's trademark lyricism exploring consumerism, politics, religion and technology—these are what the album brings to the table.

The Sheffield band now have six studio albums under their belt. Their debut 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' was the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history, bagging the Mercury Prize for best album. 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' became their sixth consecutive #1 debut in the UK, the country’s fastest-selling vinyl in 25 years, and their fourth record nominated for the Mercury Prize. They’ve won seven Brit Awards and been nominated for three Grammy Awards, have headlined festivals across the globe, and are truly second to none.

Joining Arctic Monkeys at all shows will be friends and collaborators Mini Mansions, the LA trio featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age, and The Last Shadow Puppets. Founded by Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets), Tyler Parkford, and Michael Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age) during a break from Queens of the Stone Age touring in 2009, they’ve put out two albums and three EPs, including the newly released 'Works Every Time'. They've toured with Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood, as well as performed at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Bonnaroo.

Don't miss the Arctic Monkeys performing hits from their newest album live, next year!