No singles to precede Arctic Monkeys’ new album

The Monkeys are set to hit the road next month so we'll most likely get to listen to a few live versions of the new material.


                            No singles to precede Arctic Monkeys’ new album
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Arctic Monkeys announced the release of their new album, 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino', a few weeks back. The album is set for a May 11 release which is just a couple of weeks from now. So one would have expected at least one lead single from the Monkeys by now. But as of yet, we’ve heard no teaser tracks or singles. It's been complete silence, which is uncharacteristic of the band.

But it looks like the move was very much intentional. In a new interview with Mojo, frontman Alex Turner confirmed that the band won’t be releasing any songs from the album until its actual release.

Turner also absolved himself of the responsibility for the decision, although he thinks he understands the reasons why. Turner said guitarist Jamie Cook and the band’s record label, Domino, were “really keen on that idea.” He added, “But it didn’t come from me. I understand it, I think.”

So it looks like the speculation that 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' might be a concept album seems to be gaining more and more legitimacy. After all, the ideal way to listen to a concept album is all at once, as if it were one comprehensive piece, as opposed to an album that has singles which stand out from the rest of the material. Meanwhile, in light of the new album, we made a list of all Arctic Monkeys albums ranked from worst to best. You can check it out here.

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That being said, Arctic Monkeys play their first shows in support Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino beginning next week, so we’ll likely get a few early tastes of the new album from a live setting instead. Additionally, yesterday Arctic Monkeys confirmed more North American tour dates in support of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Check out the band's full schedule of dates below. For tickets and more information, visit the band's official website. 

Arctic Monkeys 2018 Tour Dates:
05/02 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
05/03 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
05/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/22 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
05/23 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
05/26 – Rome, IT @ Cavea
05/27 – Rome, IT @ Cavea
05/29 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
05/30 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
06/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/04 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
06/08 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/14-17 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
06/16 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
06/18 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
06/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
06/22-24 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/22-24 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/26 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle
06/27 – Copehagen, DK @ Royal Arena
07/01 – Glasgow, UK @ TRNSMT Festival
07/04 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/06 – Athens, GR @ Rockwave Festival
07/08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/12 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/13 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/24 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
07/25 – Canandigua, NY @ CMAC
07/27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/28 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
07/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
08/01 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/04 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/08 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/09 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/11 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/14 – Budapest, HR @ Sziget Festival
09/06 – Manchester, UK @ Arena ^
09/07 – Manchester, UK @ Arena ^
09/09 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/10 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/12 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/13 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/15 – Birmingham, UK @ Arena ^
09/16 – Birmingham, UK @ Arena ^
09/18 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/19 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/21 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/22 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/24 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena ^
09/25 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena ^
09/27 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena ^
09/28 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena ^
10/09 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *
1010 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion *
10/12 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^*
10/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
10/23 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater *
10/24 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum *
10/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum *

^ = w/ The Lemon Twigs
* = w/ Mini Mansions