CRX, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi’s new band, announce debut album produced by Josh Homme

‘New Skin’ is out October 28

CRX, a new band formed by The Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi, have announced their debut album.

‘New Skin’ will be produced by Josh Homme and mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Andrew Scheps.

The group revealed themselves to the world earlier this month (August 1) via a website launch and several posts on social media.

CRX, who are completed by The Dose drummer Ralph Alexander, Guards and Willowz guitarist Richie James Follin, LA musician Darian Zahedi and The Reflections member Jon Safely, played the first of four headline shows scheduled for this month.

The band’s first ever gig took place at Los Angeles’ The Hi Hat venue on August 17. They are due to play further dates in West Hollywood and Chicago as well as supporting Beck in Columbus, Bloomington and St. Louis next month.

In a Q&A on Twitter, Valensi said the band were “coming to the UK very soon”.

Valensi had been the only member of The Strokes not to have embarked on a side project.

Earlier this year, The Strokes released a surprise EP ‘Future Present Past’. NME’s Barry Nicolson rated 4 out 5, writing: “Perhaps the highest compliment you could pay this EP is that if you didn’t know who it was and had no preconceived notions about what it should – or shouldn’t – sound like, you’d think you had stumbled across something very special indeed.” Read the full review.

‘New Skin’ is out October 28