It has been two years since the release of their last album, the thought-provoking and experimental Comedown Machine. Now, word has it The Strokes are planning to record new material, which means we could see a new album by the New York indie rockers in the near future.
It was only in 2007 when The Strokes decided to go on hiatus after touring First Impressions of Earth, subsequently taking five years for their fourth studio album Angles to materialize. Fans of the band apparently don’t need to worry much about another extended break as it sounds like they are already getting back at it. In a recent interview with Noisey, The Strokes’ lead singer Julian Casablancas talked collaborating with The Voidz as well as the potential for a sixth Strokes' studio album. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s the first time we’ve been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine. We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that. I’d like to do both [bands] really if I could. … Here’s the thing, The Strokes, the relationship is good now… FYF [Festival in 2014] was kind of a moment where for once things were cool for me, but that was very recently. So I’m trying to do stuff to keep it alive, work on it, give it a chance.”
Casablancas and The Voidz released their debut album Tyranny back in September of last year. While the singer does sound enthusiastic about a new Strokes album, he admittedly did say the Voidz feels more like a true collaboration. Casablancas also confirmed he will be recording a duet with his new bud, Savages singer Jehnny Beth.
News of The Strokes recording new material shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to fans. In November of last year, Casablancas confirmed to NME the group would record in 2015 “if the vibe was right.” What is the right vibe, exactly? For Casablancas, the “less mystical” the vibe, the better. He elaborated, saying “I think you have good work chemistry if you are just honest with each other and you just wanna do something good, and you just wanna put in all your magic, and create something cool with other people's magic, with friends.”
In other Strokes news, the group was just announced to play their first London gig in five years, headlining a set at British Summer Time (BST) in Hyde Park over the summer. They will perform with special guests Beck, Future Islands and more… an event fans certainly won’t want to miss.