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The Arctic Monkeys are huge. Bigger, certainly, than the biggest thing to come out of Britain since the 1990s Britpop boom. You want proof, simply look to their defining headline slot at 2013’s Glastonbury, upstaging (possibly) even the Rolling Stones and (definitely) Mumford And Sons.
Last year, as Britain braced itself for the expected national embarrassment of the London 2012 Games, jaws duly dropped as the Arctic Monkeys took centre-stage of Danny Boyle’s impressive and upbeat Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The band’s fifth studio album, AM, landed earlier this year and, it has helped cement the band’s place as a truly Great British band.
Flying the flag, metaphorically and literally, from behind his Union Jack Premier kit, is Matt Helders. His energetic and fill-led approach to driving the Sheffield band’s wryly-observed rock has made him a favourite of drummers for some time, and his profile is such - thanks in part to his down-to-earth and likeable personality - that even the average non-drumming man-in-the-street knows that Matt Helders is Arctic Monkeys’ drummer.
Earlier this year, Rhythm met up with Helders (who has now relocated with the rest of the band to LA) in AM’s London rehearsal space to talk about the album and his progression as a drummer. Here we bring you choice snippets from that interview - which you can read in full in the October issue of Rhythm - along with pictures of Helders’ stunning, sparkling Premier kit.