Julian Casablancas says The Strokes will record new music ‘if the vibe is right’

Frontman tells NME that he think the band have "turned a page"

Julian Casablancas has said that The Strokes will record new music in 2015 “if the vibe is right.”

Casablancas speaks to NME alongside his new band The Voidz as part of a cover feature in this week’s issue, which is on newsstands and available digitally now.

During the course of the interview Casablancas discusses politics, motor vehicles, his reasons for moving out of New York and the economics of running his own record label alongside the future of the band he made his name with at the turn of the century.

Asked what the “vibe” of The Strokes is at the moment, Casablancas replied: “Less mystical”. He then added: “I think you have good work chemistry if you are just honest with each other and you just wanna do something good, and you just wanna put in all your magic, and create something cool with other people’s magic, with friends. I think ‘the vibe’ in the recent past was lost, but I think we learned how to work together better. More professionally. But now I think we’re looking to combine those things.”

The Strokes already have one confirmed live date in their calendar for 2015, a headline set at Spanish festival Primavera. Casablancas is confident, however, that they still have new music in them. He said: “We’ve hung out even non-musically, and I think we’ve turned a page. I think we have some magic left. But creatively, there’s magic in many different places for me right now.”

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz will play a one off London date in December, as part of a European tour. Despite plotting live dates with his new band, Casablancas previously aired his view that touring is “a great way to destroy a band”.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz will play:

London Coronet (December 7)
Paris Casino De Paris (8)
Antwerp Trix (10)
Amsterdam Melkweg Mag (12)
Berlin Postbahnhof (13)
Hamburg Mojo (14)
Copenhagen Vega Main Hall (16)

To check the availability of Julian Casablancas + The Voidz tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.