The band recently told US fans they would be heading back into the studio
The Strokes brought the first weekend of Austin City Limits 2015 to a close with their last confirmed concert of the year.
The New York band took to the Samsung stage at 8.45pm in Austin’s Zilker Park for a 75-minute set of songs from across their back catalogue. Opening with ‘Is This It’ from their 2001 debut album of the same name, frontman Julian Casablancas wore a black bomber jacket over a red Hawaiian print shirt, jeans and sunglasses.
“What’s up people, what’s up City Limits?” he said addressing the crowd after ‘Welcome To Japan’. “I love me some City Limits. Yeah, nice light show. No one else can see it but us, but it’s cool. I’m enjoying this. Thanks for being so awesome and loud and shit.”
After an anthemic rendition of ‘Last Nite’, Casablancas gave his thoughts on clashes at festivals, specifically The Strokes being put up against The Weeknd across the park. “Music festivals,” he drawled to huge cheers from the crowd. “I don’t know if I’d be cheering that, but amen, that sounds good. What’s going on over there? Could I get more Weeknd in my monitors? Why do they always do that? Everyone’s playing at the same time. ‘You must only choose one’. I’d like to see both. I’ve got to miss half each of both and wonder if one was better?”
He concluded by telling the audience he was going to “shut the heck up”, leading the band into a version of ‘Reptilia’ instead. Two songs from 2011’s ‘Angles’ followed in ‘Machu Picchu’ and ‘You’re So Right’. The main portion of the set closed with ‘The Modern Age’, ‘Automatic Stop’, ‘New York City Cops’ and ‘What Ever Happened?’.
After a brief interlude, the group returned to the stage with Casablancas exclaiming: “You’re still here!”. The two-song encore began with ‘You Only Live Once’, taken from The Strokes’ third album ‘First Impressions Of Earth’, after which the frontman thanked the audience. “Thanks so much, I hope you guys have wonderful lives,” he laughed. “Do you want anything?” he then asked a fan at the front of the stage. “For the record he just said get out of here. Take it or leave it, people.” The band then finished on ‘Take It Or Leave It’, with drummer Fab Moretti leaping offstage as it finished to hand out his drumsticks to fans.
Weekend two of Austin City Limits takes place between October 9-11, with performances from Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice, The Maccabees, Drake and more.
The Strokes played:
‘Is This It’
‘Welcome To Japan’
‘You Talk Way Too Much’
‘Heart In A Cage’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘You’re So Right’
‘The Modern Age’
‘New York City Cops’
‘What Ever Happened?’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘Take It Or Leave It’