Archive for February, 2011
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.