Or so promises singer-songerwriter and friend of the band Adam Green...
There are so many reasons that everyone should be excited about The Strokes’ comeback. For one thing, I’ve never seen a bad Strokes concert. I always like to watch the crowd when they play too. People get really euphoric and enraptured, like they’re seeing the light or something.
I think Julian Casablancas only said they were doing this summer’s festival shows for the money to be provocative. I don’t think those guys do anything for the money. It’s not like when you go to see The Rolling Stones live and they have, like, 12 people onstage.
But there’s one thing I’m more excited about than the live shows: the album. One of the reasons it’s taking so long is that they each came into recording with, like, 20 songs. I’ve heard a couple of things so far.
There’s a definite metal influence; people never could figure out how Nick Valensi had so many chops but he’s always been a serious shredder. He grew up listening to Pantera. Albert Hammond Jr listens to a lot of Wagner and Handel operas. Fab Moretti has been getting into Native American music and traditional Navajo stuff.
I know they’ve also been using a children’s choir who provide some tribal chanting. There’s also a George Michael-ness coming out of Julian’s songwriting this time. I can also say that I was called up a couple of times by the band during recording and asked if I knew a good saxophone player, so I’m assuming there’s some saxophone on it.
Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll use it tastefully. They’ve recorded part of it at The Cloisters in Harlem which is like a medieval castle/museum. There was one track I heard that sounded like it was underwater and seemed to have fish sounds on it but I was also on mushrooms at the time, so who knows?
In any case, you should think of them as a punk-as-fuck fireball coming towards the UK at a vast speed. Brace yourselves.