The frontman was speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands or available digitally now (February 17).
Casablancas made the admission when asked why he did not turn up to early album recording sessions at New York’s Avatar Studios.
“I think I just wanted to wait until they’d done their thing, so that I could do mine,” Casablancas said of the sessions. The rest of The Strokes began work on the new album without him.
He added: “When [The Strokes] is described more negatively, it seems like I come in going, ‘This is how it is, and if you don’t like it, back off.’ But it’s never like that. I just want to have a creative, constructive, fun conversation. And I just think that, for whatever reason, we never pulled that off and there was resentment.”
The band, including Casablancas, eventually relocated to guitarist Albert Hammond Jr‘s home studio to complete the recording. The album is released in the UK on March 21.