Julian Casablancas admits scuppering new Strokes writing sessions

He alludes to tension with guitarist Nick Valensi

The StrokesJulian Casablancas has admitted stalling writing sessions for the follow-up to the band’s new album ‘Angles’.

Casablancas said that the rest of the New York band wanted to head back into the studio soon after ‘Angles’‘ completion. However, he put a stop to the sessions, which guitarist Nick Valensi was organising, partly because the guitarist had tried to use Strokes songs for a solo record previously.

“He [Valensi] wanted to do a solo record of songs we that we arranged together in The Strokes but because we have a contract he wasn’t allowed to do that,” Casablancas told Q.

He added: “I only cancelled the writing sessions because I told him I wanted to be done with this record first. We had a plan for a writing session but we hadn’t finished this record by then. I stuck to my story on that one.”

Incidentally, bassist Nikolai Fraiture recently tweeted that the band have now rescheduled their writing session.

Casablancas went on to speak about the band’s difficult relationship at present.

“It’s hard for me sometimes because I do feel like people if they could would stab me to get to the top,” he said. “I’m kidding of courseā€¦ that’s why the whole ‘friend’ thing is hard for me. We do interviews and they point the finger at me. They’re my such good buddies that everything is my fault. We should have called the album ‘Frenemies’.”