PRESSURE ON JULIAN

But Julian Casablancas hopes new LP 'Room On Fire' will "move people in general"...

Frontman JULIAN CASABLANCAS admits the fear of failure drove him on while writing and recording the new STROKES album ‘ROOM ON FIRE’.

The star admits he’s been feeling the pressure working on the follow-up to the band’s 2001 debut ‘Is This It’, but he hopes the new record will “move people in general”.

Casablancas told MTV: “If you’re in a bar and a certain song comes on and the vibe is just different, it evokes the kinds of things that you want to feel, and if music can do that it’s a very special thing. It’s those sorts of feelings that we kind of play with, but there’s a lot of chance of failing.”

He added: “For us it’s important not to fuck up what other generations have given to us. The whole point is doing something with what we’ve got, and I don’t think we play with that lightly. We’re normal people, we’re not super serious artists, but we take what we do very seriously.

“One of the big songwriting things for me has always been: always think what you do sucks. Because the second you stop believing that, you suck. And that’s a fact.”

As revealed exclusively on NME.COM, ‘Room On Fire’ is released on October 20. It’s preceded by a single, ’12:51′, on October 6. The band are currently shooting a video for the single with Roman Coppola.

’12:51′ is now being played on UK radio. Was it worth the wait? E-mail news@nme.com with your thoughts. The best will feature in next week’s issue.