Listen to The Strokes’ first new album in seven years, The New Abnormal, which is the New York band’s first record since 2013’s Comedown Machine.
The last decade for The Strokes has been a strange one. Having decided against touring to support 2013’s Comedown Machine, which, admittedly, wasn’t the bands finest hour, the then reunited in 2015 for a number of shows such as a mammoth show at London’s Hyde Park.
Following their live-shows in 2015, The Strokes released a four-track EP titled Future Present Past, but have since taken time out to work out on solo projects since then such as Julian Casablancas’ second record with The Voidz in 2018.
The band had a helping hand from master producer Rick Rubin for The New Abnormal and sees the New Yorkers make their finest work since 2006 effort First Impressions Of Earth.
To coincide with the album launch the band have launched a new “pirate radio series” venture called Five Guys talking about things they know nothing about and sees Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture, and Fabrizio Moretti chat over Zoom.
The 17-minute episode is pure light entertainment and makes a welcome change to see the band in such a relaxed setting which is a stark contrast to the usual late-night TV circuit. During the debut show, the group go over a wide range of topics in no great detail.
Stream the record in full, below.