Late Friday (Mar. 4), out of the blue, the Arctic Monkeys posted a video for a new song, titled "Brick By Brick," on their YouTube account. Now the British rockers have announced North American and European tour dates to prepare for their upcoming fourth record.
Few details surrounding the Arctic Monkeys' upcoming release -- the follow-up to 2009's "Humbug" -- are known, but the simple but stylish "Brick By Brick" clip reveals a few minor things. The video flashes on a call sheet for early February studio sessions with the Arctic Monkeys and producer James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco). Footage in and around Los Angeles, where the band reportedly recorded, is also included, as are clips of vinyl records being pressed and played.
The song itself takes a turn toward psychedelic '60s pop, with dramatic tempo changes keeping "Brick By Brick" interesting throughout. Listen to the song in the teaser video below.
Here are the Arctic Monkeys' tour dates:
May 17: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 18: Philadelphia, Pa. (The Electric Factory)
May 19: Boston, Mass. (House of Blues)
May 21: Toronto, Ontario (Kool Haus)
May 22: Montreal, Quebec (L'Olympia)
May 24: New York, N.Y. (Rumsey Playfield)
May 26: Detroit, Mich. (Clutch Cargoes)
May 27: Milwaukee, Wisc. (The Rave)
May 28: Minneapolis, Minn. (First Avenue)
May 30: Denver, Colo. (The Ogden Theatre)
May 31: Salt Lake City, Utah (In the Venue)
Jun. 3: Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Palladium)
Jun. 10-11: Sheffield, England (Don Valley Bowl)
Jun. 26: Roeser, Luxembourg (Rock A Field Festival)
Jul. 1: Werchter, Belgium (Rock Werchter)
Jul. 8: Kinross, Scotland (T in the Park)
Jul. 14: Meco, Portugal (Super Bock Super Rock Festival)
Jul. 17: Bern, Switzerland (Gurten Festival)
Jul. 29-31: Naeba Ski Resort, Japan (Fuji Rock Festival)
Aug. 20-21: Staffordshire, England (V Festival)