The Strokes to release new album ‘by March’

Nikolai Fraiture says new record has 'classic sound'

The StrokesNikolai Fraiture has said that the band’s long-awaited fourth album will be out “by March”, before the five-piece embark on a world tour.

The bassist told BBC Radio 1 that the record was currently being mixed, and compared the sound to the New Yorkers’ second and third albums.

“Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between [2003’s] ‘Room On Fire’ and [2006’s] ‘First Impressions Of Earth’,” he said, adding that the album echoes the band’s “classic sound”.

Fraiture said a lead single from the album had been chosen, but it didn’t have a title yet.

The Strokes are already confirmed to play European festival shows this summer, with the bassist saying that they will be “touring around the world”.

The as-yet untitled 10-song album was produced by the band in guitarist Albert Hammond Jr’s upstate New York studio after initial sessions with producer Joe Chiccarelli were scrapped.