The band revealed a third track from new EP 'Future Present Past' on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show
‘Threat Of Joy’ was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show earlier tonight (May 26) and the singer spoke to the DJ on the phone from New York.
Asked if it felt good to get music out again, he responded: “I mean, sure, I don’t know. I’m in a bubble. I don’t know, I try not to pay attention. I worked on it and it’s done. I don’t, like, check the internet or anything.”
Casablancas also said being in The Strokes for the last 15 years had “exceeded [his] wildest dreams” and said there were no current plans for the band to return to the UK.
“I don’t think there’s anything planned, but, I mean, we always do stuff,” he said. “No specific news, sorry. It’s never… I feel like we play every year or two years or something like that. I think the idea was if we can get our stuff together to do a record, we can do more proper tours.”
‘Threat Of Joy’ follows the unveiling of two other tracks from the record today. The first track ‘Oblivius’ was revealed on Julian Casablancas’ debut SiriusXM show Culture Void, followed by ‘Drag Queen’, which was given its first play on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show.
The EP is completed by a remix of ‘Oblivius’ by the band’s Fab Moretti. It will be available on June 3 via Casablancas’ own Cult Records label. Find more details and pre-order the EP here.
The band will also hold a week-long pop-up shop in New York, opening on May 30 and closing on June 5.
The store, which will be located at 352 Bowery, will be open from 12pm-9pm daily. There will be a special midnight opening to celebrate the release of ‘Future Present Past’ on June 2 with special guest DJ sets, to be announced soon.
The new tracks follow a Strokes video displayed on the side of buildings in London and New York last night, which teased the words ‘Future Present Past’.
The Strokes were spotted at a recording studio in Monterrey in Mexico in 2015, when they were believed to be recording new songs.
The Strokes didn’t tour their most recent album, 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’, but are due to headline New York festival Governors Ball on June 3 as well as a warm-up show on May 31 at Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theater. They also play Australian festival Splendour In The Grass on July 22.
The band headlined Governors Ball in 2014, but organisers said they invited The Strokes to headline again so soon afterwards on the promise of new material.
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Their most recent show in the UK was a headline appearance at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park in June 2015.