The Strokes play first U.S. show in three years
Leave it to the Strokes to go big or go home once it came time to get back on a festival stage.
The band played its first official festival show since 2011 on June 7 at the Governors Ball on Randall's Island in New York. Playing in abundant sunshine – and just ahead of the headliner Jack White – the Strokes kicked things off with "Barely Legal" from their 2001 debut album "Is This It" before launching into a setlist that nearly played like a career retrospective. It included a number of tracks from last year's "Comedown Machine," including "Welcome to Japan," "One Way Trigger" and "Happy Ending."
As if the live debut of some of these tracks wasn't enough for fans, Albert Hammond Jr. recently said The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again.
The guitarist said, "I know that when The Strokes tour again, it will be because we put something out – even though we didn't tour the last one. Doing a few festivals before you put something out is kind of gearing up the big machine, it just kind of helps everyone get ready, mentally, financially and it bring you back to your audience. You can see the audience's reaction to your music and you just 'feel' again."
The Governors Ball Music Festival appearance came just weeks after The Strokes performed their first U.S. show in three years at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. They also have another headlining slot coming up in August at FYF Fest in Los Angeles.
Fifth studio album is "Comedown Machine" (Updated April 11, 2013)
The Strokes are back! A project two years in the making is now the band's fifth studio album, officially titled "Comedown Machine." On March 18, 2013, it was available, in full, to stream on the website pitchfork.com. But how it came to be is a whole other story.
Going back to March 2011, The Strokes had already begun working on the album. But snags in the mixing sessions were just the beginning of the setbacks that would extend all the way into March 2012. At that point, bassist Nikolai Fraiture revealed the band was working on 'new ideas' rather than the original songs that had been crafted months before.
Fast forward another 12 months. On January 17, 2013, a Seattle radio station previewed a new song by The Strokes entitled "All the Time," which would ultimately be the lead single from the album. It was released for download on February 19, with critics hailing the return of the classic Strokes sound of its first two albums.
"Comedown Machine" was officially released in the U.S. on March 26, 2013. The band has not yet booked any tour dates in support of the album, but they're guaranteed to be back on the festival circuit and playing live again soon. In the meantime, Nick Valensi is currently collaborating with Brody Dalle on her forthcoming solo record.
About The Strokes
For a band that got its start playing gigs at New York City venues like Under the Acme, Arlene Grocery, Baby Jupiter and Luna, The Strokes seemed awfully astute when naming their debut album. "Is This It" dropped in 2001, and the American rock band from New York -- consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti -- already knew the answer to the question the album title proposed.
Officially christened the Strokes in 1999, the quintet had a sizeable following before ever signing its first record deal. Dates at the Mercury Lounge and the renowned Bowery Ballroom had gained them a manager and a three-song demo, sparking a bidding war from a number of record labels. Their fan base expanded to the U.K., and on tour as an opener and side-stage act, the band was bumped to the main stage due to the rabid fan response.
By the time "Is This It" was released in the US, the cover art (which featured a naked model on the UK-released version) had been completely redone. The single "New York City Cops" was also scrubbed following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The album was still met with universal acclaim, and was named best album of the year by Entertainment Weekly and TIME.
The Strokes profile has only continued to rise since that debut effort. Now with four albums and extensive touring behind them, the band is back in the studio working on a new record. They have also collected a host of awards, including Best International Band from the BRIT awards and Band of the Year from the NME Awards.
Interpol Extends North American Tour
New York City-based rock band Interpol is releasing a new album, El Pintor, on September 9 (listen to lead single “All the Rage Back Home” below), and they’ve decided to add some more tour dates to promote the new album. After playing Lollapalooza and FYF Fest this summer, Interpol will play shows in Vancouver, BC;…Read more
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