NYC Band The Strokes Are Back with New Album

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The Strokes Announce New Album Comedown Machine

What if you took The Strokes’ trademark sound and uploaded it to a video game, then pitch-shifted Julian Casablancas’ voice to a higher register? You’d have “One Way Trigger,” the New York City rock outfit’s highly unusual new single. “One Way Trigger” features a Prince-worthy falsetto chorus and razor-sharp guitars that intrude only once in a blue moon. The rest is new sonic terrain.

Julian Casablancas frontman of The Strokes

Julian Casablancas frontman of The Strokes

After giving us a taste of their new direction with “One Way Trigger,” New York City indie rock band The Strokes have announced the imminent arrival of their fifth studio album, Comedown Machine. The new record is due March 26th via RCA Records, and will be available for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere beginning February 19. Details are scarce, but according to the cover image, Comedown Machine will likely be 37 minutes and 49 seconds long, for those of you who are keeping track of such things.

The first official single will be “All Of The Time;” fans who pre-order the album will get a free download of the single.

About The Strokes – Wikipedia

The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums, percussion).

Upon the release of their debut album “Is This It” in 2001, the group met much critical acclaim. Since then, the band has maintained a large fan base all over the world, most notably in the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Canada, France, Brazil and Australia. A number of members have embarked on a variety of side projects, although a fourth album, entitled Angles, was released on March 22, 2011. They are one of the most prominent indie-rock bands to hail from the US at the dawn of the 21st century and helped start the garage rock revival movement. “Is This It” was ranked number 199 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In mid-March 2011, an interview with ShortList magazine revealed that The Strokes had already begun working on their fifth studio album. However, sessions were delayed due to the mixing process of Angles. Julian Casablancas and Nick Valensi both confirmed that there was material in the works as well as plenty of leftover material.  Frontman Julian Casablancas claimed that the band was eager to begin working on new material[ and were already supposed to, but it took longer than expected to master Angles.

In April 2012, bassist Nikolai Fraiture posted a tweet announcing that the band were heading into the studio to work on some new ideas.  The Strokes later revealed that they were planning to record a new album as soon as possible. Fraiture added that the band will record their fifth album in the same manner as they put together Angles, with each member bringing in their own ideas and putting them together in the studio.

On January 17, 2013, Seattle alternative radio station, 107.7 The End posted on their Facebook page that they were previewing a new song by The Strokes entitled, “All The Time”.  It was later confirmed that “All The Time” would be the lead single from the untitled fifth album, due out later in 2013.

On January 25, 2013, the song “One Way Trigger” was published on their official website.  The song was initially met with a mixed reaction from fans of the band.

On January 30, 2013, the title for the fifth album was revealed to be Comedown Machine, set to be released on March 26th.

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