The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas avoiding ‘Phil Collins territory’ on solo album

Frontman also says Mad Max is a fashion inspiration

Julian Casablancas has spoken out about the complex rhythms he tried to include on his forthcoming solo album, ‘Phrazes For The Young’, saying he was actively trying to avoid “Phil Collins territory”.

The eight-track album, which takes its name from the Oscar Wilde essay Phrases And Philosophies For Use Of The Young, is due to be released in the UK on November 2.

“A lot of the music on the album has a lot of different rhythms going on – I’d collected a bunch of drum beats,” he said. “It’s tricky, because you can fall into Phil Collins territory pretty easily. Not that he’s bad. But yeah, I was into that complex percussion thing. I’m still trying to figure it out — there are so many ways you can go bad.”

In the interview with GQ magazine, Casablancas also talked about how he initially wasn’t keen on making a record on his own.

“For a long time I didn’t want to do a solo thing, but there comes a point where everyone else is going outside of The Strokes and The Strokes‘ filtering process. And, as I was writing, some stuff felt like Strokes stuff and some felt like, ‘I just want to do this however the hell I want to do it.’ I don’t want to say it was an experiment, but it is nice to build things from the ground up.”

He also discussed the distinctive look of the album cover, but was clear to state that the songs take priority.

“The music is the most important thing. But I always want all aspects of any album to be cool – I just think it makes people excited,” he said.

Casablancas also mentioned his fashion inspiration in the interview: “I always reference Mad Max when I think about what I want to wear. But it’s a fine line between that and Edward Scissorhands.”