Strokes' new album reportedly coming in March: Do you still care?

the-strokesImage Credit: Cody SmythThe Strokes‘ new album might finally have a release date. Pitchfork and TwentyFourBit report that the NYC rockers, who began an extended hiatus after 2006′s First Impressions of Earth, will release their fourth LP March 22 via RCA. A rep for the label says there is still no official release date.

Not much else is known about the disc, which remains untitled for now. In a widely quoted interview with the BBC, bassist Nikolai Fraiture recently said, “Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between [2003's] Room on Fire and First Impressions of Earth.”

Instead, it’s the album they’re dropping in 2011. Did the Strokes wait too long to come back? As a fan of the band, I hate even asking that question. I will forever adore their 2001 debut, which remains canonically awesome to this day. Their follow-ups featured some great tunes, too. But it’s been a long time since the Strokes felt as relevant as they did back then.

Or maybe I’m just being unnecessarily curmudgeonly. I’ll certainly give the Strokes’ new LP the benefit of a listen in March, for old times’ sake if nothing else. How about you? Are you still looking forward to hearing new music from the Strokes after all these years? Sound off in the comments.

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  • st

    i will forever care about the Strokes. the album will be released on my 24 birthday.

    • Sam Puckett

      Nah, more interested in the next Killers album or when Renee Olstead will release her next album

    • Jeff W

      Of course! Everyone that loves their debut cares. I think The Strokes first two albums bought them enough good will to look beyond the short comings of the third. Hopefully they learned to not listen to the critics. The critics hammered their 2nd album (which is great) which lead them to try and reinvent the wheel with their third.

      Reminds me of Weezer’s history… which they never recovered from…

    • LOL

      I think the question is “Did I ever care?”

      • Picklepancakes

        Agreed. The strokes suck. Hated is this it then, still hate it now.

      • alex

        the strokes do not suck!! they are awesome and “this is it” is one of the best rock albums of the decade! and yes i do care and always will

  • Robert Taylor

    If it’s good music, it won’t matter. Why was this article necessary again?

    • rerun

      It did tell us when the album will be released.

    • Sarah

      Yes but I think that if you were true to the strokes that you would know that already. As i am.

    • Ethan

      To emphasize the fickle, shallow nature of how we consume and immediately discard artists in popular music? But then again, nothing keeps us from enjoying it even if it isn’t popular.

  • chloe

    I care

  • coco

    Yes, I care, and I’m excited!

  • Pete

    I care! The strokes’ debut album holds up ridiculosly well a decade later. Part of it is timing- the disc came out my freshman year of high school and it was the first indie rock record I really latched onto. I still listen to it frequently, much more than most from that era. The follow-ups aren’t as front to back amazing but feature some of the band’s best moments- Reptilia and Heart in a Cage are two personal favorites.
    Whether the album is phenomenal (very cautiously optimistic) or decent with a few solid standouts, I’ll buy the album the day it comes out and likely listen the hell out of it. Fingers crossed!

  • Dave

    You answered your own question: you are being unnecessarily curmudgeonly. It’s the frickin Strokes. I can’t even comprehend this attitude you have, especially since you claim to be a fan. So what if it’s been 5 years since their last album? You’re going to give it a listen just for old times sake? Like, what kind of moronic thing to say is that? Ugh, just ugh on this whole article. Your attitude is so much of what is wrong with the music industry these days and signifies what is wrong with the current state of listeners’ tastes in music.

    • Elly

      I totally agree with Dave. If you have, (and always will) listened to the amazing strokes, then what does it matter that they haven’t put out an album in 5 years? It’s the strokes, so it’s automatically fantastic.

    • anya

      I completely agree. This article was bizarrely written. If you really are a fan of the Strokes, then of course you are looking forward to their new album! I know I am.

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Absolutely care about this album. At worst, it will be a rock-solid album with some truly great songs on there. At best, it could be a classic comeback album. Whether this may or may not be their last stand, I look forward to hearing them come out swinging. So yes, I’ll be buying the album on its release date, that’s a safe bet.

  • Vighorois

    Strokes what? lol I’m a fan of interesting music, not necessary of a certain band. In other words, if they suck, I won’t hesitate about bashing them. Strokes are the epitome of diminishing returns, and that a relatively young band needs more than 4 years to come up with a new album doesn’t bode well. I mean, who do they think they are, Kate Bush?

  • Shaolin Shadowboxer

    Idiot article. The Strokes kick ass and they forever will. I can`t wait to hear their new songs.

  • B

    So apparently you only care to listen to what is “relevant?” Then have fun with your Ke$ha and Jason Derulo CDs. I’ll take The Strokes over pretty much anything that is considered relevant these days.

  • Dean

    Absolutely I care. Loved this band from the moment they came out and I will forever be excited to hear new music from them. The band proper may have been on hiatus, but the members have made some pretty great solo/side records in recent years. I especially recommend the Little Joy record, which is really wonderful.

  • HoneyB

    To quote Girls Aloud’s “Hoxton Heroes:”
    You’re off your face like you’re number one
    How many tracks have you sold? Mmmmm, none!
    Walk round the place like you’re number one
    So why don’t you write a tune that we can hum?

    Don’t care.

  • julianc

    i care!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fernando

    Maybe you should not do a article on a band you clearly barely know. This band has one of the unique sounds that everyone loves. The new album will kill and also they will have a big comeback very soon :)

  • jets

    I’ll get it! They were over-hyped, yet still undersold, putting them in this weird spot trying to figure out their cultural relevance. But the def. deserved to have sold more, and I hope this “comeback” establishes them at least “better then kings of Leon” status. Anyways, and the end of it, good music is good music, and the Strokes have put out the goods.

    • kC

      Here I am, caring.

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