The Strokes have returned with a brand new song! OK, they’ve returned with a snippet of a brand new song called ‘Starting Again’ in an ad for New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.
The song was co-written with pop Svengali Gregg Alexander, probably best known as the guy in the bucket hat from The New Radicals who sang ‘You Get What You Give’ back in the late 1990s.
In a joint statement, Casablancas and Alexander explain their support of Wiley. “In an era of voter suppression and mega-donors dismantling democracy, it’s crucial to remember New York City is too important to risk handing the reins of America’s most diverse metropolis to the same kind of party machine that’s controlled NY’s governance for most of the 20th century… one of Brooklyn clubhouse politics, big real-estate money, and mutual back-scratching. It is time we elect Maya as the city’s first woman mayor to make things better for ALL of our futures.”
The Strokes have become among Wiley’s biggest supporters, having recently performed a virtual acoustic show on her behalf. If that wasn’t enough, the band became the first major act to play a large scale live show in New York at Irving Plaza that doubled as a fundraiser for Wiley.
If the band decides to go on tour, it will likely be a celebratory trek on Wiley’s behalf. If she loses, there’s no telling how it will affect the band. Hopefully, they won’t take another decade-long break in protest.
Is it amoral to feature a snippet of a song, a minute-long preview of an unreleased tune, as our track of the day? Maybe, but the excitement for new material from The Strokes is just too damn overwhelming not to feature it. The song itself seems to be hitting all the same new wave-indebted notes that The New Abnormal hit, so here’s hoping we get to hear the full song sooner rather than later.
Check out the Maya Wiley ad featuring ‘Starting Again’ down below.