Published Mar 21, 2011Arctic Monkeys recently unveiled their new album, Suck It and See, featuring the alt-rocking new track "Brick by Brick." Despite the aggressive first single, the cheeky Brits have said that the album will be more pop-friendly than past offerings.
Comparing the new recordings to their previous work, drummer Matt Helders recently told NME [via We All Want Someone to Shout For], "[It's] a bit more poppy, certainly [more] than Humbug was."
He continued, "It's enjoyable for us and the listener. And it's maybe a bit more easygoing. Not easy listening, but with a few poppier tunes. But in an interesting way."
The band's new sound can be partly explained by the new recording process, and Suck It and See was the first Arctic Monkeys album recorded entirely with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco. Helders explained, "The way we did it was different, rehearsing for ages and recording a song a day. It made it a lot more fun to do as well, we just recorded the 12 songs that are on the album. With Humbug we recorded 25 songs and narrowed it down afterwords."
Helders added, "You can't really base it on 'Brick by Brick.' That one's a bit more fun. Obviously not much happens in it lyrically, which is a bit different for us. It felt like a bit of fun."
As for the questionable title, he said that it's actually a reference to candy. "To us it sounds like an atypical British thing. I don't think it's a saying that people worldwide would use or even understand. In America people will probably interpret it as rude. Which is fine, it's quite funny."
Listen to "Brick by Brick" below, and check out the Suck It and See tracklist, plus the band's live schedule, right here. The album drops on June 7 via Domino.