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Watch Arctic Monkeys debut new song ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’

The track is the long-awaited first taste of the band's upcoming seventh album

By Hollie Geraghty

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs live in 2017
(Photo: Wikimedia commons/Raph_PH)

Arctic Monkeys debuted a brand new song called ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’ at Zürich Openair Festival in Switzerland yesterday (24 August) – listen below.

The springy, mid-tempo track leans towards funk and features rich electric guitar chords, feeling most similar to their last album, 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. It also serves as the first taste of the band’s upcoming seventh album.

Watch fan-shot footage of the new song below.

Earlier this month, Alex Turner and co. began their first run of gigs in three years, starting at the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.

Performing a 21-song setlist, the Sheffield indie giants played fan favourites like ‘Do I Wanna Know’, ‘Snap Out Of It’, and ‘R U Mine?’.

They also played ‘Potion Approaching’ for the first time since 2011, and since then have played ‘That’s Where You’re Wrong’ for the first time in 2013, but fans still waited eagerly for a taste of new material.

Arctic Monkeys will play Rock En Seine in Paris, France next (25 August), before headlining Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend for the third time.

After that, the band will perform more Europe dates at Cala Mijas Festival in Malaga, Spain, MEO Kalorama in Lisbon, Portugal, and Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally, Ireland. You can find all dates and tickets here.

Drummer Matt Helders spoke about their upcoming new album in November last year. “We tend to always move it on a little bit. For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense,” he said during an interview for DrumathonLIVE 2022.

“It kinda like picks up where the other one [‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’] left off musically,” he explained.

“I mean, it’s never gonna be like ‘R U Mine?’ and all that stuff again, you know, the heavy riffs and stuff.

But there are riffs in there and [it’s] a bit more up-tempo, even though it’s not loud,” he added. “It’s hard to explain!”

When asked by Radio 5 Live Breakfast if the new album was “ready to go” late last year, Helders said: “Yeah, pretty much, yeah. It was a bit disjointed how we had to do it, and there are bits to finish off, but yeah, it’s all in the works.”

He added that he thinks the album will be released in 2022. “I think by the time we get everything together it’ll be next year. Hopefully we can get out and tour next summer,” he said.