The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture starts new band Summer Moon

Band also features members of Au Revoir Simone and The Like

Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes has started a new band, named 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.

Summer Moon have already registered a website and, while there is no music to hear yet, the band made their live debut at a party for Thomas’ recent birthday in Brooklyn, New York. A report from Examiner described their music as “harder than the melodic pop of both Strokes and Like, with Tennessee Thomas giving it jet propulsion.”

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 have been announced as the headliners for Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, USA this year, on a bill that also includes Pixies, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tame Impala and James Blake.

The Strokes already have one confirmed live date in their calendar for 2015, a headline set at Spanish festival Primavera in May.

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