It’s been seven years since The Strokes released a new album, 2013’s Comedown Machine, but Julian Casablancas and the celebrated New York City-based indie/rock band dropped a bit of news on New Year’s Eve at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
They’ll be releasing a new album in 2020, according to Casablancas, who prefaced the news with this blurb (as quoted by Stereogum):
Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon! 2020, here we come. The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen and we’re back. If you really love someone, you’ll be frozen with them. You know what? I don’t know what I say generally, and I ramble a lot, but I love you guys, and it’s a real honor to share the stage and this night with you guys.
The Strokes then treated fans to a preview of the record with a song titled “Ode to the Mets,” which seems appropriate given the band’s NYC pedigree.
The band was also joined on the evening by Mac DeMarco, who helped out on a rendition of “Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men,” a song the Strokes had not performed live since 2003.
This ought to be pretty exciting news for indie/rock fans, as few bands that made it big at the beginning of the 2000s were treated with the fanfare the Strokes amassed with their 2001 debut, Is This It. Stay tuned!