The group released their ‘Future Present Past’ EP earlier this year, but have not dropped an album since 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’ – and have been working on the follow-up for quite some time.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 radio, Valensi said: “I love being in [The Strokes], I love the weirdness.”
He then went on to say: “Donald Trump is producing [the next album]… It’s the five of us and all our issues. It’s going to be awesome music. Julian is psyched about it. He’s very moody so if you have him psyched about music it means were on the right track.”
Of how their ‘Future Present Past’ EP came about, Valensi said: “We started to make a record and then thought well these songs are good so lets just put these three out. Maybe we’ll do it again.”
Valensi recently told NME: “The Strokes are alive and well and living in New York City. We are working on music and we want to put music out hopefully next year.”
“If I start saying that now, though, then people just get too excited and then there’s all this hype you’ve got to compete with and that’s not fun. If anything I’d rather just pull a Beyoncé next year and just drop shit.”
Meanwhile, bassist Nikolai Fraiture has told NME: “We’re definitely working, as people know by now, deadlines are not our forte. Anticipation and surprises are still part of the excitement of releasing new music.”
Watch Coldplay speak of their love for The Strokes below: