Julian Casablancas has tried to play down a spat between The Stokes and Ryan Adams following the series of toxic comments made in the media.
Adams took to social media in August last year, venting his anger at The Strokes: “Hammond is a more horrible songwriter than his dad. If that’s possible,” he began.
To give you a quick insight into the history of Adams and Th Strokes we have to revisit an excerpt from Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom – named for a song off the Strokes’ 2003 album, Room on Fire – to discover the hostility. A passage in the book explains how members of The Strokes – mainly Julian Casablancas – held a meeting during the height of their fame in order to form an agreement that they would stop Ryan Adams hanging out with them because they believed he influenced Albert Hammond Jr.’s drug use.
Adams subsequently denied the claim in the book — “I didn’t do drugs socially, and I don’t remember doing drugs with Albert ever” — and then pretty much avoided any comment on the issue, or the Strokes in general.
Now, reflecting on the comments made by Adams, Casablancas opened up about his feelings: “I think that there was a lot of not insiders, talking as insiders,” Casablancas told Matt Wilkinson for his latest show on Beats 1. “They didn’t interview my wife who was basically The Strokes co-manager for 10 years. They didn’t even interview her and they interviewed other people – I’m just not super down with the book.
“And also even the Ryan Adams thing, I mean I might have been the one that did it so I don’t know, because you just speak in an interview, but I just feel like I wouldn’t blame him for anything anyone else did. I’m just not into things, throwing people under the bus for any reason or…You know what man, let people enjoy it – I shouldn’t be involved, I don’t care to be honest.
“I’m sure I’ll run into him. The whole feud thing – I’m so not into that. You know if you want to say something to someone’s face that’s different, I just don’t even pay attention to be honest.”
Then, during the same interview, Casablancas was asked if The Stokes would fit into his 2018 plans: “I think that they don’t. I mean we’re always talking but I think yeah, if anything it would be 2019 – that zone, but nothing now,” he said.
Discussing Lizzy Goodman’s book specifically, The Voidz singer attempted to clear up confusion: “Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest. I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a person’s soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.”
The argument derives from Hammond’s words in the aforementioned book: “I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan [Adams] up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing,” said Hammond in the book. “He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘if you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass’.”
“I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence,” Hammond continued.