Fans of the popular British rock outfit Arctic Monkeys are still patiently waiting for an official announcement with details around the upcoming release of their first studio album since 2013’s AM. In the meantime, it appears that the band and their label, Domino Recording Company, are preparing a vinyl reissue of their 2006 debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The 13-track album was initially released back in January of that year and would go on to help to launch the band into rock superstardom throughout the rest of the decade and beyond.
According to Pitchfork, the newly announced reissue will arrive on 180-gram multi-color “smoke” vinyl via the popular album subscription service, Vinyl Me, Please. The release will also come with a 16-page booklet, according to the reissue’s page on the company website. Fans have until April 15 to sign up for a Vinyl Me, Please subscription if they’d like to receive a copy of the exclusively pressed record.
“There was this period in the early 2000s after ‘Is This It’ came out, when the Strokes, Kings of Leon, and Arctic Monkeys were at various points of their arc, where it felt like rock n’ roll was going to be OK,” Vinyl Me, Please Head of Music Cameron Schaefer said in a statement. “There were these three bands that felt like they could be really huge, and be a big deal.”
The Arctic Monkeys will be coming back to North America later this year for their first run of U.S. shows since 2014. They’ll be one of the main acts at this year’s Firefly Music Festival come mid-June, which falls in the middle of their own headlining tour starting on May 5 in Los Angeles. Their short summer tour across the U.S. and Canada will presumably expand as warmer weather gradually inches closer, and currently includes scheduled stops at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium and Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre.
Tickets for select shows on their upcoming North American tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.