The Arctic Monkeys surprised their fans when they posted this song to their website on March 4, 2011. Drummer Matt Helders explained it was not a single, just a tease of what is coming. Six days later the band announced the details of the English rock band's fourth studio album, Suck It and See.
Produced by their frequent collaborator James Ford, the psychedelic stomp goes straight for the jugular. Eschewing much of his usual wordplay, singer Alex Turner crows, "I wanna rock'n'roll / Brick by brick!"
Alex Turner told the story of the song to NME: "We were in Miami on tour once and we just got off a long flight to there and we had an idea for a song called 'Brick By Brick' and so we wrote it that night just sorta in a bar. But it was quite loose, we thought about it as the concept of a song and all these things that you want to do- brick by brick- and we just made a list of them that was probably three times as long as what it ended up over that night and the next few weeks."