While new songs from the Sheffield indie-punkers have been a bit few and far between, the Monkeys are definitely not laying low. Taking a page out of many a hip-hop mogul's handbook (using their musical fame as a gateway to other business endeavors), drummer Matt Helders is following up the clothing line he launched last year with a new UK venue this year.
According to an article in the Sheffield Telegraph, Helders along with former Arctic Monkey bass player Andy Nicholson, are soon to christen an acoustic bar, lounge and streetwear shop called The Bowery opposite the West One plaza in their hometown. Known for their devotion to their hometown, the venue is being hailed as an investment into their community, with Nicholson (who still plays music with Helders, Reverend and the Makers' Jon McClure and Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell in the British indie supergroup Mongrel) acting as owner and manager.
The 200 capacity bar - which is located in the Devonshire Quarter - will officially open this Saturday, September 20th with Arctics' frontman Alex Turner, DJ Zane Lowe and TV celebrity Alexa Chung expected to be among the celebrity guests.
The Bowery - named after the lower Manhattan neighborhood - will ost live acoustic sessions, quiz nights, DJ sets, with occasional national and international guests dropping in for unannounced gigs. Of course, the streetwear store will include Helders limited edition clothing and accessory line Supremebeing.
Hoping to support local businesses and emerging musical talent, while creating the atmosphere of a "local boozer" in the process, Nicholson was quoted as saying "I've always wanted to have my own bar â€“ I'm sure most people would if they could. I've always wanted a business and if you're going to put your money into something, why not do it with friends, into something so sociable?"