Humbug by Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, will mark the band's first full length LP release since 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare. The album will be released in the UK on 24 August 2009, following opening release in Japan on 19 August.
The band started writing songs for the album towards the end of summer 2008, with lead singer Alex Turner suggesting that the inspiration for the first few guitar riffs came while the band were attending the Latitude Festival in Suffolk. Tracks were written through the end of 2008, with recording taking place around the band's touring schedule towards late 2008 and early 2009.
Co-produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was wholly recorded in the United States - Homme-produced tracks recorded in Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert alongside New York recordings produced - as per the first two albums - by James Ford.
Early soundbites of tracks from the album appeared in the band's periodical video diary on YouTube.
Early previews of the album suggest that it is a departure from the style of the band's first two albums, with a prevailing influence from lead singer Alex Turner's side-project The Last Shadow Puppets - the same "laconic croon" has been adopted by the whole band, "injecting the Arctics with a new sound that sends them onto wild soundscaping adventures". The album has been described as has having a "carnival-esque atmosphere", but it is described as a "spooky and ethereal trip, a lysergic cavalcade that haunts every track".
The band themselves suggested that the album would be "full-on", with tracks influenced by Black Sabbath. On ClashMusic.com, Alex Turner revealed that the band had listened to Jimi Hendrix and Cream while writing the new album.
The album's tracklisting was confirmed on the band's website on 1 June 2009.
1. "My Propeller"
2. "Crying Lightning"
3. "Dangerous Animals"
4. "Secret Door"
5. "Potion Approaching"
6. "Fire and the Thud"
8. "Dance Little Liar"
9. "Pretty Visitors"
10. "The Jeweller's Hands"
UK - Monday 24th August
Ireland - Friday 21st August
USA(inc Canada) - Tuesday 25th August
Germany(inc Austria, Switzerland) - Friday 21st August
Benelux - Friday 21st August
Japan - Wednesday 19th August
Sweden - Wednesday 26th August
Finland - Wednesday 26th August
Italy - Friday 28th August
Turkey - Monday 31st August
Australia/New Zealand - Monday 24th August
Latin America - Monday 24th August
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