Hear Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ Wonderfully Bizarre New LP ‘Tyranny’

The last time Julian Casablancas released an album outside of the Strokes, 2009’s Phrazes for the Young, Rolling Stone described it as “his version of Thom Yorke’s The Eraser,” a record featuring “guitars submarined by wild-angled synths, off-kilter beats tripping up big ballads.” “A few songs have the old leather-jacket kick,” Jon Dolan wrote. “But things get weirder as he explores alienation from a Lower East Side he once ruled.”

Having moved upstate, the Strokes frontman is now backed by a band called the Voidz – Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai on guitar, Jeff Kite on keys, Jake Bercovici on bass and Alex Carapetis on drums – and together, they are ready to release an incredibly eclectic new album, simply titled Tyranny. The LP hits stores Tuesday (and can be pre-ordered at the Cult Records website), but you can listen to an exclusive advance stream of all 12 songs right here. It’s even got some of that old leather-jacket kick.

“Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history,” Casablancas said in a statement, explaining the title. “Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: Whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).”

The Strokes to star working on new material in January

 

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Addressingthe question of when they would start on thefollow up to 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’,Casablancas stated, “In January we might meet up and work on some ideas. Everyoneis psyched. Everything is in a really cool place.”In the interview on the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show,Casablancas also opened up about the working relationship of the New York band, who played their first shows since 2011 this summer.”We haven’t started on anything,” he began, referring again to new material. “But it was cool and we played some shows and the vibe is finally… I don’t know if we ever had that good a working friendship foundation [in our] work relationship, but now we finally have that. We’ll always have the creative vibe.”

Earlier this year,Casablancas also spoke about his intentions for the band, saying that they were, “trying to carry on as friends, taking it easy, recording a couple of songs, and do[ing] a couple of shows.”The singer, meanwhile, is gearing up to release his second solo record ‘Tyranny’ with backing bands TheVoidz on October 13.The album will feature recently released single ‘Human Sadness’ as well as new track ‘Where No Eagles Fly’, which was unveiled this week alongside an ’80s arcade game-style video.

The Strokes Play First Gig in Three Years in New York

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The Strokes played their first gig since November 2011 last night (May 31) in New York state.

The band appeared at the 1,800 capacity Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York as a warm up for their headline set at the Governors Ball festival on Randall’s Island in New York City, which takes place June 6-8. Port Chester is roughly 25 miles from New York City.

Their first show since the release of last year’s ‘Comedown Machine’ saw them playing an 18 track set, debuting three tracks from their last record, ‘Welcome to Japan’, ‘One Way Trigger’ and ‘Happy Ending’. The rest of the show comprised material from throughout their five album, 13 year career, with a selection of songs from their iconic debut album, ‘Is This It’, including ‘Barely Legal’, which opened up the night’s set. Finishing with ‘Last Nite’, the band then returned to the stage for a one song encore of ‘New York City Cops’. Scroll down for a full set-list and fan-shot footage of the band performing.

The five piece warmed up for Governors Ball festival with an 18 song set in Port Chester

The band appeared at the 1,800 capacity Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York as a warm up for their headline set at the Governors Ball festival on Randall’s Island in New York City, which takes place June 6-8. Port Chester is roughly 25 miles from New York City.

Their first show since the release of last year’s ‘Comedown Machine’ saw them playing an 18 track set, debuting three tracks from their last record, ‘Welcome to Japan’, ‘One Way Trigger’ and ‘Happy Ending’. The rest of the show comprised material from throughout their five album, 13 year career, with a selection of songs from their iconic debut album, ‘Is This It’, including ‘Barely Legal’, which opened up the night’s set. Finishing with ‘Last Nite’, the band then returned to the stage for a one song encore of ‘New York City Cops’. Scroll down for a full set-list and fan-shot footage of the band performing.

Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again. The guitarist told Gigwise:Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again. The guitarist told Gigwise:

The Strokes played:

‘Barely Legal’
‘Welcome to Japan’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘Machu Picchu’
‘Reptilia’
‘Razorblade’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
‘One Way Trigger’
‘Under Control’
‘Heart In A Cage’
‘Hard To Explain’
’12:51′
‘Someday’
‘Happy Ending’
‘The End Has No End’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘Last Nite’
‘New York City Cops

 

The Strokes will release a new album before they play live again

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Albert Hammond Jr has said The Strokes will release a new album before they tour again.

The guitarist previously stated that the band, who are onfirmed to make their live return at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York on June 7, will hopefully record a new album next year (2015).
 
Speaking to Gigwise about the band’s live dates and hopes for new material, the guitarist revealed that he expects there will be a new album before the band embark on a full tour again.

“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,” he says. “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 brings you back to your audience. You can see the audience’s reaction to your music and you just ‘feel’ again.”

Speaking about the Governors Ball show, Hammond continues: “I think it was just that Julian was trying to figure out his solo thing and I don’t know when he’s doing it, but we got this offer and we all agreed on it – but more importantly he agreed on it. He’s the leader of the band, and we usually say yes to playing shows. I imagine that’ll start something, it always does but it’s just too soon. He’s swamped with his solo stuff and I can’t even begin to stress him out with, like, ‘What are doing?’ I know he’s singing a song that we recorded and he’s in the studio trying to do something, so we’ll see.”

Albert Hammond Jr is currently on tour in UK and he has been playing material from The Strokes’ 2013 album ‘Comedown Machine’ in his set. Fan footage of him playing ‘One Way Trigger’ at Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2 on May 6 can be seen here.

Albert Hammond Jr’s UK tour continues throughout May. He will play:

Oxford O2 Academy 2 (May 9)
Birmingham Glee Club (11)
Nottingham The Bodega (12)
Bristol Fleece (13)
London Village Underground (15)

The Strokes Are Back Headlining gig at England’s Isle of Wight

Anticipation for the Strokes’ 2010 headlining gig at England’s Isle of Wight was extremely high. The New York band had been completely off the grid for the last four years, during which time guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. dealt with a horrific heroin addiction and frontman Julian Casablancas confronted his longstanding drinking problem and launched an ill-fated tour in support of his solo LP Phrazes for the Young.

It was beginning to look like the band might be gone for good just before they announced a tour of European festivals. It was slated to begin at the Isle of Wight on June 12th, though they wound up playing a club in London two nights earlier that week. Still, the reaction from the crowd at Isle of Wight when they walked onstage and burst into “New York City Cops” was absolutely euphoric. The Strokes’ debut Is This It came out less than a decade earlier, but there were still feelings of intense nostalgia in the air.

The band played eight of the 11 songs from Is This It that night as well as nine from First Impressions of Earth and Room on Fire. They may have agreed to the tour due to financial considerations, but the shows were still sensational. They played a handful of American festivals later that year as the group finished work on its long-awaited fourth album Angles, which finally came out in March 2011.

The Strokes haven’t played a single note together in public since wrapping up their Angels tour in November  2011, though they did release their fifth album Comedown Machine in March 2013. The NYC band didn’t promote it with any interviews or appearances, and it was widely viewed as a contract-fulfilling project. They are supposedly working on a new album right now and they’re slated to play Governor’s Ball in New York in June, though it seems like most members remain tightly focused on their solo careers.

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Listen: New Julian Casablancas track unveiled [correction added]

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‘Human Sadness’ will appear on the soundtrack to indie film ‘She’s Lost Control’

A new Julian Casablancas track titled ‘Human Sadness’ has been unveiled online – listen to it below.

The song features on the soundtrack for US indie film She’s Lost Control, which will debut at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March (2014). It is a collaboration with composer, and the film’s executive producer, Simon Taufique.

Casablancas announced his involvement in the film back in 2012, when he promised to provide music to the project if it secured enough money to go into production. The Strokes frontman appeared in a video posted alongside the Kickstarter appeal, in which he said he will make the music as a favour to his friend, Taufique.

She’s Lost Contro tells the story of a sexual therapist who teaches men to be intimate before falling for one of her clients.

The Strokes will make their live return at the Governors Ball in New York this June. The three-day event will take place on Randall’s Island between June 6 and 8. OutKast were announced as the headliner alongside Jack White and Vampire Weekend. As well as performing with The Strokes, Julian Casablancas will also perform as a solo artist at the event.

The Strokes’ last live show came in November 2011 when they performed live at the Planeta Terror festival in Brazil. The group have not played in the US since September of the same year. They have not performed in the UK since they headlined Reading & Leeds Festivals in August 2011. The band were joined by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker for a rendition of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ during their Reading performance.

The Strokes released their fifth album ‘Comedown Machine’ last year but didn’t tour or do any interviews. Speaking to NME recently, the band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr said: “There might be times when we’re not doing things but I don’t feel like we’ll ever stop,” he said. “We’ve come to the point where we’ve been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we’re doing? We’re just together.”

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But we hope you can enjoy seeing Julian performing at the David Letterman Show a great song “Out of the Blues”:

Daft Punk & The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas made a video for “Instant Crush” (watch)

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Daft Punk just made a video for the Random Access Memories track “Instant Crush” which features Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas on lead vocals. He also appears in the video, and as does a replica of himself. Check it out below…

Daft Punk – Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas