The Strokes shook off the rust of an extended hiatus with 2011′s Angles, and it appears they have no intention of slowing down any time soon.
Because on Friday (January 25) afternoon — sadly, not at 12:51 — they posted a brand-new song, “One Way Trigger” on their official site. The track not only showcases frontman Julian Casablanca’s falsetto (who knew?!?) and peppy guitars, but shiny, downright saccharine synths, too … and yes, please allow us to be the 1 millionth website to point out that it sounds an awful lot like A-ha’s “Take On Me.”
One can assume “Trigger” is taken off the Strokes’ new album, which the band reportedly began working on in earnest one month after Angles was released, though since that news broke, updates have been scarce. In June 2011, bassist Nikolai Fraiture told Rolling Stone that the Strokes were “trying not to lose momentum by taking time off and having to reboot the whole system,” and added “Hopefully, we keep that up.
“We’re bringing in parts and ideas,” Fraiture said, “and kind of just working on those and trying to make sense of them, coming from five different people.”
Of course, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. was quick to point out that there was no firm timetable for completing the album, saying “Let’s get songs first and then think about recording.”
There’s still no release date — or title — for the new Strokes album, though several outlets have reported it’s due later this year. Seattle radio station 107.7 The End also recently revealed they’d heard a handful of songs from the album, including the presumed first single, “All The Time.” A spokesperson for the band’s label, RCA, did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the matter by press time.
Listen to the new song below:
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Ryan sent out a newsletter with the usual nice round-up of the latest:
A lot has been going on with the promotion of the new album, so we have tons of great updates for you.
First up, we are happy to announce the launch of the brand new official site at TheStrokes.com. Check it out and let us know what you think. Message Board users – You’ll need to request a new password. Once you login with your new password all your information will be saved into the system. Enjoy!
Get ready to start hearing “Taken For A Fool” from the new album, Angles. Check out the single cover artwork to the right, and be sure to request it from your local radio stations. A 7″ vinyl single is coming shortly, details on the b-side and release date are still being finalized but we’ll be sure to keep you guys posted.
Keep an eye out for the official video too…shooting a clip for “Taken For a Fool” with director Laurent Briet that should be done before the end of the month and we’ll get it out to you guys as soon as it’s ready.
A lot of tv performances to catch up on. The band performed “Games” on Conan in late April and brought “Under Cover Of Darkness” as well as their new single “Taken For A Fool” to UK’s hit late night show, Later with Jools Holland. The guys also made a stop on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform “Gratisfaction.”
We are happy to announce that the guys are set to perform in Mexico this coming October! They will be making stops in both Mexico City and Monterrey.
OCT 14 – Monterrey, MX – Banamex Theatre
OCT 15 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Festival
New Merch Items
Of course the guys will be hitting the road throughout the summer. Click here for a full list of tour dates.
Remember, You can still pick up great clothing items like The Strokes Magna Hoodie or the new long-sleeve Grid Raglan shirt. Click here to start shopping.
that’s about it for now!
for updates on things and to submit questions that i sometimes get a chance to answer, follow me on twitter at twitter.com/wizkidmgmt
also, you can stay in touch with going-ons and such via their official twitter pages:
Julian – twitter.com/Casablancas_J
Albert – twitter.com/alberthammondjr
Nikolai – twitter.com/N_Fraiture
the band (we all tweet from here) – twitter.com/thestrokes
in the meantime, all news can be followed at thestrokes.com
until next time…
wiz kid mgmt.
One of the most anticipated sets at this year’s Bonnaroo will come from The Strokes, who will play the Manchester, Tennessee music festival for the very first time this June. “We’ve never played [Bonnaroo] so I have no idea what the crowd is like,” says Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. “I’ve only heard stories from Kings of Leon, and they always seem to have fun.”
We asked Hammond, Jr. about what it feels like to play the songs from their new album Angles live, and what we can expect to hear during their headlining set:
It’s always fun playing new songs live when you haven’t played them yet. Even though they’re the most stressful, strangely enough, [they're] what keeps a band together. Because when you’re playing them live you start to notice how much you’re leaning on everyone, and how much people are leaning on you. You start to feel this invisible trust. They’ve been going over better and better as the people start to know the record.
Obviously the beauty of time is that the old songs just grow and grow and grow. But there’s definitely an excitement when we play the single ["Under Cover Of Darkness."] It feels like we’re playing “Last Nite.” You know what I mean? It’s pretty crazy. “Games,” “Life is Simple In The Moonlight,” “Gratisfaction,” they’re all my favorites to play live.
Are there any that are particularly challenging to pull off?
They’re all challenging. Somehow we’ve managed to make each record harder than the previous one. I imagine different parts for different people are. Like the song “You’re so Right,” it’s pretty easy for me but then there’s other songs like “Gratisfaction” where I play these chords and sing, so it’s much harder, or “Life is Simple.” Six months from now it won’t be like that, the newer ones will be even harder, and I’ll be thankful for these.
In other Strokes news, the band are said to be back at work on the followup to Angles. Or are they? Julian Casablancas tells Q Magazine that he’s put a hold on writing sessions, due in part to a disagreement with guitarist Nick Valensi. “He [Valensi] wanted to do a solo record of songs we that we arranged together in The Strokes but because we have a contract he wasn’t allowed to do that,” Casablancas said. “”I only canceled the writing sessions because I told him I wanted to be done with this record first. We had a plan for a writing session but we hadn’t finished this record by then. I stuck to my story on that one.” Read more here.
The Strokes will be performing live on Conan this Wednesday 04/20 (tonight). The band is set to perform yet another never-played-on-TV-before new song from Angles. Conan airs at 11/10c on TBS.
May 01 – Sweetlife Festival – Columbia, MD
May 07 – New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA
May 15 – BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend – Carlisle, UKNew Tour Dates
June 09 – 12 – Bonnaroo Festival – Manchester, TN
June 29 – Hove Festival – Tromøya, NO
July 01 – Peace & Love – Borlande, SE
July 02 – Roskilde – Roskilde, DK
July 03 – Heineken Opener Festival – Gdynia, PL
July 10 – Oxygen Festival – County Kildare, IE
July 12 – Flippaut Festival – Milan, IT
July 14 -17 – Benicassim Festival – Benicassim, ES
July 16 – Super Bock/Super Rock – Meco, PT
July 21 – Paleo Festival Nyon – Nyon, CH
August 13 – Summer Sonic – Tokyo, JP
August 14 – Summer Sonic – Osaka, JP
August 27 – 28 – Reading and Leeds Festival – Reading & Leeds, UK
October 5 – Planeta Terra Festival – Sao Paolo, BR
Source: The Strokes Newsletter
Pardon me while I squeal and find that copy of “Under the Cover of Darkness” that I just downloaded so I can play it at full blast because SNL has an awesome musical guest lined up for March 5 show, which as we reported earlier will be hosted by Miley Cyrus. Now, Hollywood.com as learned exclusively that joining Cyrus will be none other than The Strokes, whose highly anticipated album comes out in 38 days, one hour and 39 minutes from the time I’m writing this post. EEP! Since I’m not lucky enough to have been in Austin or Glasgow when they recently performed, I’m just a little stoked to know that I can at least see them live on my little TV set instead of going out on a Saturday, which let’s face it, is exactly what I’ll be doing. Yeah, Miley will be there too, but adding The Strokes to this little shindig? Well, that’s pretty cool…and stuff like that.
The Strokes are set to release their comeback single ‘Under Cover Of Darkness’ as a free download tomorrow (February 9).
The song will be available from the band’s website, Thestrokes.com, from 7:35pm (GMT). It will be available to download for 48 hours.
The track will also be released as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single on April 16, Record Store Day.
‘Under Cover Of Darkness’ is the first song to be taken from The Strokes’ new album, ‘Angles’, which is out on March 21. It’ll be the New York band’s first album since 2006′s ‘First Impressions Of Earth’.
“Slicked back, out of whack/at your best/it’s a nightmare/so I’m joining the army” sings Julian Casablancas on “Under Cover of Darkness,” The Strokes’ first single in five years.
It’s a fairly light song for such a dark title. Upbeat, melodic high-pitched guitars dance in a lockstep rhythm in the intro, and Casablancas comes in singing at the top of his range. Everyone’s firing on all cylinders, from the propulsive rhythm section on up, and there’s even a rare occurrence in The Strokes’ music: vocal harmonies. It’s a party in a bag, and should sound perfect at the summer festivals.
“I’ll wait for you, will you wait for me too?” sings Casablancas, possibly alluding to the band’s long trip down side project boulevard. One interesting lyrical tidbit: “I been all around this town, everybody’s singing the same song for ten years.” Those who hear the classic version of The Strokes on this single aren’t hallucinating. The “I won’t just be a puppet on a string” line before the first chorus echos the melody to “been in town for just about 15 minutes now” from their breakout single “Last Nite.”
The Strokes have always been their own army, a band of brothers who don’t always see eye to eye, but work best as a unit. “Under Cover of Darkness” could be commander Casablancas’ missive to the troops.