The Strokes fans have reacted to the release of the band’s first new music in three years.
Earlier today (May 26), the band shared three new tracks – ‘Oblivius’, ‘Drag Queen’ and ‘Threat Of Joy’ – which form the bulk of their new EP ‘Future Present Past’.
The record is completed by a remix of ‘Oblivius’ by drummer Fab Moretti. The EP is available to stream now and is released physically on June 3 via Julian Casablancas’ own Cult Records label.
Speaking to Annie Mac as ‘Threat Of Joy’ was premiered on her BBC Radio 1 show, Casablancas said a full album would be recorded “if the collective will could be summoned and caroused”.
Following the unveiling of the EP, fans and NME readers gave their verdict online. “The musical experience I had today was amazing I remember why I love the strokes so much,” tweeted one user, while another wrote “The Strokes are back, everything is right.”
Some fans weren’t as excited, however. One wrote “So you think that new strokes track is going to sound alright at the beginning and then Julian opens his mouth” and another tweeted “I really like the synths/beat/layers in Drag Queen. The other 2 are classic The Strokes – for that reason don’t impress much.”
See more responses to The Strokes EP below.