New from the Strokes: Hear the Retro ‘Bad Decisions,’ from New Album ‘The New Abnormal’ Out 4/10


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The Strokes are going retro.

OK, the NYC-based indie/rock band has always shown an appreciation for the past with its music, a low-fi pastiche of gritty, glammy garage-rock.

But the music video for “Bad Decision,” premiered on Tuesday, begins with a riff reminiscent of the music of past decades, and the video’s visual aesthetic drives that home even more:

The song is featured on the Strokes’ anticipated new album, The New Abnormal, which will be released on April 10. It will be the first new Strokes record since 2013’s Comedown Machine.

The LP was officially detailed last week and came with the premiere of “At the Door”:

The New Abnormal was produced by Rick Rubin, and the album artwork was originally from a 1981 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called Bird On Money. The Strokes are singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

The Strokes first announced the album’s release at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire recently, which was followed by the official details on Feb. 11.

Here’s the album’s track listing:

1 “The Adults Are Talking”
2 “Selfless”
3 “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus”
4 “Bad Decisions”
5 “Eternal Summer”
6 “At the Door”
7 “Why Are Sundays So Depressing”
8 “Not the Same Anymore”
9 “Ode to the Mets”

“Ode to the Mets” was another song previewed early by the band, as they performed it at Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve:

Catch the Strokes on the road in the months ahead:

February 14—Berlin, DE—Columbiahalle
February 18—Paris, FR—Olympia
February 19—London, UK—The Roundhouse
February 24—Belfast, UK—Waterfront Hall
March 5—Vancouver, BC—Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
March 9—Seattle, WA—WaMu Theater*
March 14—Los Angeles, CA—The Forum*†
*with Alvvays
† King Princess


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