The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas makes first signing to new label

The Virgins will release their second album through singer's label Cult Records

The Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas has announced New York band The Virgins will be the first signing to his new label Cult Records.

Casablancas said: “When I first saw The Virgins I was psyched there was such a rad new band from NYC. [Singer] Donald [Cumming] is such an awesome guy and it’s great to meet someone who’s such a true artist. I think they’ve made a classic record and we’re really excited they chose to work with us.”

The Virgins new album ‘Strike Gently’ will be their second record, following their self-titled debut. Released in 2008, NME described it as “jam-packed with pop hits”. Scroll down to see earlier track ‘Rich Girls’.


The new record was recorded in NYC at the East Village Recording Center underneath the site of the storied former rock club Brownies and produced by Johnny T Yerington and Gus Oberg as The Unicorn Parade.

The Strokes are reportedly working on the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Angles’. Guitarist Albert Hammond Junior’s father Albert Hammond Senior recently revealed that the band are at work on their fifth studio album. Asked if the band were recording, Hammond Senior said: “Albert says that the stuff they’re doing is incredible. They’re doing it themselves with their friend, engineer and producer. He just says ‘Dad, it’s incredible’.”

Then asked if he thought it would sound different from ‘Angles’, he said: “I don’t think they’ll go in a wildly different direction. Obviously the songs will be different, but I think The Strokes are The Strokes; they always will be The Strokes.”