THE STROKES ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES

The band give fans the first chance to hear tracks from their third album…

THE STROKES have announced new tour details.

The band will play a trio of shows in October in South America as part of the country’s Tim Festival.

The shows will most likely be the first chance fans will have to hear tracks from the band’s third album, due out next year.

The dates are:

Rio de Janeiro Museum Of Modern Art (October 21)

Sao Paulo Sambodromo Anhembi (23)

Porto Alegre Gigantinho Gymnasium (25)

More dates are to be announced soon.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the group have spent most of this year working on their third record. The band invited NME.COM into the heart of their recording process, playing 14 unmixed tracks, some of them so new the band haven’t even had time to name them yet.

All are being considered for the band’s next album, the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Room On Fire’, due early next year.

The songs see the band moving into more experimental areas, something drummer Fab Moretti believes is down to the relaxed atmosphere created by building their own studio into their Midtown Manhattan Music Building rehearsal space.

He revealed: “To get where we are right now we couldn’t have the pressure of hearing the fucking change fall in the bucket every time seconds passed (in the studio). So instead of using the money they (the label) were going to give us to make the third record at a studio, we just bought our equipment and now we have it permanently and we don’t feel that guillotine falling. It really helps us to explore.”

Album three marks a distinct shift from the serious and sometimes anxious attitude that has previously surrounded The Strokes camp, and credit has been given to new producer David Kahne, who brought a different side out of the band.

“I feel like this was the perfect amount of time and it’s gonna be the perfect set up for the record,” Moretti said, “because we’ll be able to go to all the places we want to go and not feel like we don’t have the best possible record we could have on our hands.”

The album is now being mixed at Soundtrack Studios, and the first single is due in the autumn.