The Strokes frontman introduces his new band in the VHS-style footage
Julian Casablancas has introduced his new band The Voidz and premiered new music in a video interview – watch it above.
The video, which was posted onto his official website, features VHS-quality footage introducing his new bandmembers and the story behind how they all came to play music together. It also shows footage of rehearsals, performances and snippets of new tracks.
In the eight-minute clip, Casablancas takes a drive in a classic Monte Carlo with his lead guitarist Jeramy ‘Beardo’ Gritter and discusses the meaning behind the group. “In a weird way it’s kind of like a protest record,” he says of the band’s forthcoming album. “I tried to keep it universal and subtle, but it is pretty sad… There seemed no way around corruption being king, I guess.”
“I’ve always felt the best cool things are never cool in their time,” he continued. “I just feel like art, musically, if you can do something really good and make it popular, you can inspire a lot and that parallels in other areas in the world.”
Earlier this month, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz premiered five songs from their forthcoming album at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The tracks were entitled ‘2231’, ‘Biz Dog’, ‘The Phantom Of Liberty (Arabic Jam)’, ‘Dr Acula’ and ‘Ego’ – watch them here.
For a full interview with Julian Casablancas, pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.