The rift comes from a lengthy excerpt from the book ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’, in which the band described Adams as having been a “bad influence” on guitarist Albert Hammond Jr’s past heroin habit. It was also said that Casablancas threatened to ‘beat Ryan up’ over his behaviour.
Adams later denied the claims, before hitting back at the band – claiming that Casablancas was ‘strung out on lasagne’, adding ‘I should have got them addicted to writing better songs’.
“I think that there was a lot of not insiders, talking as insiders,” Casablancas told Matt Wilkinson for his latest show on Beats 1. “They didn’t interview my wife who was basically The Strokes co-manager for 10 years. They didn’t even interview her and they interviewed other people – I’m just not super down with the book.
“And also even the Ryan Adams thing, I mean I might have been the one that did it so I don’t know, because you just speak in an interview, but I just feel like I wouldn’t blame him for anything anyone else did. I’m just not into things, throwing people under the bus for any reason or…You know what man, let people enjoy it – I shouldn’t be involved, I don’t care to be honest.”
Casablancas added: “I’m sure I’ll run into him. The whole feud thing – I’m so not into that. You know if you want to say something to someone’s face that’s different, I just don’t even pay attention to be honest.”
Despite rumours that The Strokes were working on a new album, Casablancas added that it could yet be a while before they return.
Asked if The Strokes fit into his plans for 2018, Casablancas replied: “I think that they don’t. I mean we’re always talking but I think yeah, if anything it would be 2019 – that zone, but nothing now.”
Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011 details the rise of 2000s NYC indie bands such as The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol and Vampire Weekend.
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“I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan [Adams] up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing,” said Hammond in the book. “He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘if you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass’.”
Hammond continued: “I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.”
Meanwhile, Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas added: “Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest. I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a person’s soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.”