The Strokes’ new album sessions ‘have felt like marriage therapy’

Band look ahead to 'Angles' follow-up after co-headlining Reading And Leeds Festivals

Early writing sessions for The Strokes‘ new album have felt like marriage therapy, according to bassist Nikolai Fraiture.

The New York band, who co-headlined the Reading And Leeds Festivals with Pulp over the weekend (August 27 and 28), admitted relations were strained during the making of their latest album ‘Angles’.

And although the five-piece are now apparently in a “good place”, Fraiture admitted that not everyone in the band is contributing equally to the new material yet.


He told the Daily Star:

Some people are bringing in stuff, some are not. There aren’t so many finished songs but we have many parts. We try putting them together like puzzles and making them stick.

Fraiture added that the sessions will only kick up a gear when everyone has the time to hit the studio together, commenting:

What we do on our own is not the same as what we do together. We’re in a good place as a band right now. I feel like I’m at therapy in a marriage.

Earlier this year, frontman Julian Casablancas admitted that he stalled sessions for the new album, which will be the band’s fifth. He hinted at tensions with guitarist Nick Valensi, who apparently wanted to record a solo album of songs put together by The Strokes.

The five-piece were joined by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker as they topped the bill at Reading Festival on Saturday. Their fellow co-headliner joined in with a cover of The Cars‘ ‘Just What I Needed’.

Fans have been largely positive about the New York band’s sets across the weekend, both on NME‘s Facebook page and in an NME.COM video you can view by scrolling down and clicking below.


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