Julian Casablancas played a host of new material in the early hours of this morning (March 15) at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Accompanied by his new backing bands The Voidz, the Strokes frontman played a 1.10am set at Cedar Street Courtyard. During his eight song set, he played five new songs, tracks thought to be included on his second solo album – which is set for release later this year – alongside ‘Ize Of The World’ from The Strokes’ third album, ‘First Impressions of Earth’. Emily Kokal of Warpaint was amongst the fans watching the show in the busy, intimate venue.
The show followed surprise gigs over the past week in Washington DC, New Orleans and Pensacola. New songs in the set included ‘Ego’, ‘2231’, ‘Biz Dog’, ‘The Phantom of Liberty (Arabic Jam)’, and ‘Dr. Acula’. Julian Casablancas recently gave a sneak preview of his new solo album. Click here to watch the two-minute clip. There is no further information regarding an album title or release date included with the video, but visitors to Casablancas’ website can sign up to pre-order the album now. Casablancas released his debut solo album, ‘Phrazes for the Young’, in 2009.
“Hello. Hey. What’s up? Yes!” said Casablancas to the crowd after this opening track ‘Ego’, before a squeal of feedback in his mic lead him to ask “Is that me?” Casablancas spent a lot of time in the short set interacting with the front few rows, responding to one fan’s question with “I know, I know – I don’t mess with Texas. I learned that a long time ago!” He then commented: “What do we do? I don’t know…” before launching into ‘Ize Of The World’. Casablancas was sporting a number of chains around his neck as well as wearing an American style sports jacket. For ‘The Phantom Of Liberty (Arabic Jam)’ Casablancas spent most of the song facing the drummer. “Thank you so much guys,” he later said to the audience. “Shall I do some lead singer shit?” he then asked, following it with a dramatic “You guys having fun at SXSW?!”
After ‘Dr. Acula’ Casablancas blew kisses to the crowd, and the band then exited the stage. After five minutes of cheers, they eventually returned. “You chanted well,” grinned Casablancas. “Thank you so much. We almost didn’t come [back] out, but you guys were super cool. Thank you so much.” The band then encored with ‘Glass’, from ‘Phrazes for the Young’.
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz played:
‘Ize Of The World’
‘The Phantom Of Liberty (Arabic Jam)’
‘River Of Brakelights’