Arctic Monkeys‘ Matt Helders has given his music predictions for the year and expressed his sentiments on guitar music. He told NME, “It’s hard to say what will happen in 2014, because things are moving quicker than you could ever predict. Nowadays you don’t walk into a gig and see a band and think, ‘That’s the next scene.’ Music is instantly available, and by the time you discover it, someone else will have already listened to it and moved on.”
The drummer continued, “Maybe guitar bands will come back around again and reclaim the charts, but it’s all very well me saying that – it all comes down to them: they’ve got to have songs that are good enough to play on the radio. But if guitars are a dirty word at the moment, then I like that, I think that’s a good thing. When it’s popular, it feels like there’s something weird going on — like you’ve hijacked the charts.”
- Helders added, “That’s how we felt when it happened to us, even though there were still a lot of guitar bands around at the time. We didn’t even expect our first single to get into the Top 20, so we definitely felt like we shouldn’t have been there.”
- Arctic Monkeys announced earlier this week that they will be hitting the road to headline this year’s Summer Sonic festival in Japan.
- The band will also tour the US in February, kicking off in Miami on January 30th, making stops in 12 cities and wrapping up in Minneapolis on February 14th.