Archive for January, 2011
After a five-year break, New York City rock vets the Strokes return this spring with a new album and a fresh outlook.
For their much-anticipated fourth LP, Angles (out March 22) — check out the tracklist below! — the guys gave their songwriting dynamic a heavy-duty makeover. This time, instead of frontman Julian Casablancas leading the writing effort, each member contributed ideas — a first for quintet. “It was a completely different way of working,” bassist Nikolai Fraiture tells SPIN. “We listened to everyone’s ideas with open ears and came to collective decisions. Everyone had an opinion.”
Welcome back to The Strokes Fan! With the new album already completed and news coming out on them, our hiatus is over and we’re ready to bring you the latest on all things The Strokes. This is just a temp layout for now as I’m going through all the content and bring things up to date, so the site will look a little bare for the next month or so. If you have anything to submit, please e-mail me!
The lead single from the first new Strokes record in five years barrels into the bar with “Return to Form” written on its forehead. “Under Cover of Darkness” (set to be released February 9th on the band’s website) takes the basic elements of their sound, breaks it down, builds it back up and expands it: the skinny-tie boogie bounce of “Last Nite,” wave after wave of cute and sharp interlocking guitar, and a grand, gaping chorus where Julian Casablancas torments his vowels like he’s got them trapped in his secret basement laboratory. The band members even throw in tricky tempo changes and a weird, slow breakdown just to show us they’ve been woodshedding. “I’ve been all around this town/Everybody’s been singing the same song for 10 years,” Casablancas observes. So the Strokes give us that same old song one more time, primed and polished for a new age.