The band invite NME.COM into their studio to hear the third record…
THE STROKES have played NME.COM their third album – giving us an exclusive preview six months before its release.
The band invited NME.COM into the heart of their recording process, playing 14 unmixed tracks, some of them so new the band haven’t even had time to name them yet.
All are being considered for the band’s next album, the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Room On Fire’, due early next year.
The songs see the band moving into more experimental areas, something drummer Fab Moretti believes is down to the relaxed atmosphere created by building their own studio into their Midtown Manhattan Music Building rehearsal space.
He revealed: “To get where we are right now we couldn’t have the pressure of hearing the fucking change fall in the bucket every time seconds passed (in the studio). So instead of using the money they (the label) were going to give us to make the third record at a studio, we just bought our equipment and now we have it permanently and we don’t feel that guillotine falling. It really helps us to explore.”
Album three marks a distinct shift from the serious and sometimes anxious attitude that has previously surrounded The Strokes camp, and credit has been given to new producer David Kahne who brought a different side out of the band.
Introduced to The Strokes by Sean Lennon, Fab was quick to praise Kahne’s influence.
“Kahne really showed his guns and shit,” declared Fab of the producer who amicably replaced their long time collaborator Gordon Raphael in the control booth. “We always set out to do something different. Maybe we didn’t have the tools to do it on the second record like we do now with David Kahne and our new studio, you know?”
Admitting the band felt rushed on ‘Room On Fire’, Fab insisted the band are set to return with a renewed confidence.
“I feel like this was the perfect amount of time and it’s gonna be the perfect set up for the record,” he said, “because we’ll be able to go to all the places we want to go and not feel like we don’t have the best possible record we could have on our hands.”
The album is now being mixed at Soundtrack Studios, and the first single is due in the autumn.
For a full and exclusive track-by-track guide to The Strokes’ third album, be sure to pick up this week’s NME – out nationwide now.