Just what is going on in The Strokes‘ camp right now? Tonight (May 25), they projected a video onto the walls of London, from Brick Lane to Embankment, that should get fans very excited.
Of course, the video itself doesn’t give us much information. It begins with the band’s logo, before ’80s style graphics show a figure running on a track, with the words “future”, “present” and “past” flashing up on screen. The Cult Records logo – the label run by frontman Julian Casablancas – finishes the whole thing off.
But what does it all mean? A new song? A new album? The band are due to headline New York’s Governors Ball festival next weekend (June 3) – a booking organisers say they made because of the promise of new music. On Instagram, bassist Nikolai Fraiture asked fans for song requests for a warm-up show in Port Chester, New York on May 31, suggesting the band may have “some surprises.. maybe..” up their sleeves too. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, meanwhile, responded to a tweet from a fan asking if Gov Ball attendees would get to hear new music, writing “You’ll just have to wait and see”. So coy.
Then, there’s also the fact that Julian starts a new monthly radio show tomorrow on SiriusXM. As Noisey point out, the timing is interesting given the band’s live dates. Could he have given himself the premiere of something new from the band? We wouldn’t put it past him seeing as he’s all about the DIY ethos these days.
Whatever, we’re going to be tuning in from 10am EST (that’s 3pm UK time) just in case. Maybe Julian and the boys will finally stop teasing and let us, and these die-hard fans, just relax, goddamnit.