Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes announces first gigs with new band Summer Moon

Plus; hear preview of music from new band

Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes has announced details of the first gigs for his band Summer Moon, as well as a preview of new music.

It was reported earlier this year that Fraiture has started Summer Moon. The band features Fraiture (pictured above with Julian Casablancas) on bass and vocals. He is joined in the group by The Like drummer Tennessee Thomas and Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone. Guitarist Lewis Lazar rounds off the line-up of the four piece.

It is announced today (March 9) that the band will play two gigs at SXSW in Austin, Texas later this month before playing in New York on May 18 with Father John Misty and Angel Olsen.

A snippet of music from the band, the first to be revealed, appears in an advert for Alexa Chung’s partnership with AG Jeans. Hear one minute of ‘With You Tonight’ below.

Fraiture teamed up with Au Revoir Simone to cover Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’ in June of last year. At the time everyone involved said that the collaboration was a one-off and that they were unlikely to record anything more substantial together.

Meanwhile, The Strokes headline London’s Hyde Park in June. The band recently announced details of their first UK gig in five years when they headline the British Summer Time Festival on June 18.

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas previously told NME that the band would record new music in 2015 “if the vibe is right”.