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