NME.COM speaks to the band about their plans for the rest of the year…

THE STROKES have said they feel like they are “starting from scratch” as they begin work on their third album.

The band recently took time out from recording sessions in New York to make appearances at the T In The Park and Oxegen festivals (July 10-11).

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, the band gave the lowdown on the band’s third album. So far, three songs have been demoed, with Albert Hammond Jr saying the group feel like they’re working on their first record.

He said: “Everything feels new to me. In the new studio, it doesn’t feel like we’re making our third album, it feels like we’re starting from scratch.”

Singer Julian Casablancas added: “We’ve built a studio and started work on the new album. If it was done in a week it’d be good for me. The sooner the better! We haven’t set ourselves any deadline. It’s too early to even talk about titles. We’ve just recorded three demos.”

For the full interview, see this week’s NME, which is out nationwide now.