Nikolai Fraiture takes to Facebook to confirm news

The Strokes‘ bassist Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the band will release their new album in the US on March 22.

Fraiture used Facebook to respond to speculation about the release, answering a fan’s question about when the record was coming out.

“Yes! You read right… March 22!” he wrote. “Looking forward to playing the new songs live.”

A UK release date for the album is yet to be confirmed, although if it does coincide with the US release it would come out the day before (21).

The as-yet-untitled 10-song follow-up to 2006’s ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ was produced by the band in guitarist Albert Hammond Jr’s upstate New York studio after initial sessions with producer Joe Chiccarelli were scrapped.

The Strokes are featured in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now, or available digitally.

The issue previews the 60 most exciting albums of 2011, also featuring Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Glasvegas, Beady Eye, La Roux, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and 52 other acts, with in-the-studio reports and photos.

Blog – which albums are you most looking forward to hearing in 2011?

Photo gallery – in the studio and beyond with the acts releasing new albums this year