Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at Chicago’s The Vic (11/18)

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Julian Casablancas – voidz-roffman

Photography by Phillip Roffman.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz remain just as abrasive onstage as they do on record. Late Tuesday night, following agreeable sets by Cerebral Ballzy and Shabazz Palaces, the Strokes frontman’s scruffy, ragtag team of no-names* shuffled onstage at Chicago’s The Vic to roll out Tyranny track “Xerox”. It’s slotted ninth on the album, and for a good reason, as the hypnotic melody acts as a moment of respite between the lo-fi guitar wizardry of “Business Dog” and the conga rhythms of “Dare I Care”. As an opener, though, it’s a curious decision, but then again, this whole band, the entire album, and essentially everything about Casablancas this year is curious — even down to his demeanor. These days, the guy looks less like a boyish Lou Reed and more like a strung-out Todd Ianuzzi, whose denim vest and tattered, baggy jeans scream of better days in 1986. The thing is, he’s smiling.

That’s what makes these Voidz shows so intriguing. In the past, Casablancas has typically been a morose character onstage, speaking either sarcastically or not at all. Despite his microphone sounding like 808s-era Yeezy, little asides and jokes of his peppered a number of future Tyranny classics last night. He teased the audience at one point by saying they’d take things down a few notches, only to unleash the hyper-kinetic “River of Breaklights” off Phrazes for the Young. He eventually followed up on his promise, especially during an encore performance of “I’ll Try Anything Once”, which found him tickling his inner Pat Boone as he sang in harmony with his many adoring fans, some of whom camped out seven hours prior to catch a front row glimpse at their one-time rock ‘n’ roll hero. Actually, that’s a pretty bullshit, cynical thing to say…

Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas

Casablancas is a rock ‘n’ roll hero. His latest album might be affronting to those wishing they could hear more “11th Dimension” and less “Nintendo Blood”, but they said the same thing about Reed when he dished out Metal Machine Music back in 1975. No, Casablancas is making scrappy, eccentric post-punk that either evolves towards an assembly of noises or, if you’re lucky, tumbles into a chest of reluctant harmonies. It’s political, anti-consumerism, and, most of all, angry. For the first time in over a decade, the guy has an edge, and he does not give a shit if you’re with him or against him. But doesn’t he deserve that? Think about it: Casablancas stepped onto the scene with one of the greatest albums of all time — 2001’s Is This It, if you’re lost — and followed that up with another rare diamond. He never had a chance to test the stakes. He never struggled as the confused artist. That’s not to say there weren’t conflicts or hurdles with The Strokes; they were just a little safer than what he’s doing now.

And what exactly is that? Well, based on his supplemental song selections — “Ize of the World” off 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, the aforementioned “River of Brakelights” — Casablancas is finding solace in the chaos. Those two songs are far more focused and refined than anything off Tyranny, but they only corral the chaos. Broken down, each instrumental part is a testy, punchy slice of energy that bounces around with the cadence of an 11-year-old antsy with ADHD and a bottle of Squeezit. That’s pretty much how each song by The Voidz works conceptually; they’re just not as aligned. Yet there’s something beautiful and intriguing about that erroneous marriage, which might be what Casablancas gets off on these days. It’s not clean. They’re not perfect; instead, The Voidz thrive on existing on the fringe, an area that Casablancas can finally experience. If you’re a longtime fan, it’s probably the most exciting time to catch the guy since, well, 2003. Though, if you’re attempting to itch that early ’00s nostalgia, you’re trying your luck.

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Let’s give credit where credit is due. There’s guitarist Jeramy “Beardo” Gritter, other guitarist Amir Yaghmai, bassist and synth player Jacob “Jake” Bercovici, the rather superb percussionist Alex Carapetis, and their trusty keyboardist, Jeff Kite. “If you actually listened during ‘Human Sadness’, you’d know they’re all capable musicians, Mike,” one might argue, and I’d agree 100%. That’s why I’d secretly love to hear them reined in some, as they all were on their “covers.” Though, that’d also negate pretty much everything that makes them The Voidz.

Setlist:
Xerox
Father Electricity
M.utually A.ssured D.estruction
Human Sadness
Where No Eagles Fly
Ize of the World (The Strokes cover)
Business Dog
Crunch Punch
River of Brakelights (Julian Casablancas song)
Nintendo Blood
Encore:
I’ll Try Anything Once (The Strokes cover)
Dare I Care

The Strokes Play First Gig in Three Years in New York

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The Strokes

 

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

The Strokes

The Strokes

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.

via rolling stone

Julian Casablancas previews new solo album

Julian Casablancas has given a sneak preview of his new solo album. Click above to watch now.

The two-minute clip is credited to Julian Casablancas + The Voidz and shows footage of The Strokes’ frontman recording in the studio, with various snippets of new songs audible throughout. There is no further information regarding an album title or release date included with the video, but vsitors to Casablancas’ website can sign up to pre-order the album now.

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 have been 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.”

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”:

The Strokes to headline The annual Governors Ball in New York City

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Julian Casablancas and Jack White

The annual Governors Ball in New York City has scored a major victory: The three-day festival has booked the Strokes to headline, alongside OutKast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend. Unless the Strokes play a gig sometime before June 6th – when the festival kicks off on New York City’s Randall’s Island – it will be the New York band’s first U.S. gig since 2011. Three-day passes go on sale at 3 p.m. EST today; tickets to individual days will go on sale at a later date.

Last week, the fest announced its first performer, OutKast, and proceeded to hint at other performers with abstract images, such as a shot of TV white noise to suggest the band Disclosure (who have a single called “White Noise”), on its social-media accounts. Today, in addition to Disclosure, it revealed the full 68-artist lineup. Highlights include Phoenix, Skrillex, TV on the Radio and a solo set by the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.

The Strokes’ guitarist, Albert Hammond, Jr., told Rolling Stone last year that the group just liked moving at its own pace. “People like watching us live,” he said. “I just think when that machine starts up, it’s a Titanic, you know, so it moves slowly, so you just, you want to be pointing in the right direction. And when you’ve done something for 12 years in a certain way, you need to reprogram everything. And that takes time to eventually get around and figure out, and since we realized that, we actually have a little bit of time and a little bit of wiggle room.”

Via Rolling Stone