News round up
+ Comedown Machine sold 96, 000 copies worldwide in its first week, this is considerably down from Angles which shifted 177,000 but with no promotion or live dates the band must have expected this
+ Julian is rumoured to be appearing on Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories [via Kobini]
+ Whilst Fab is going to be on Har Mar Superstar’s new record Bye Bye 17 on a track called Prisoner
+ Hottest band of the moment Haim covered I’ll try Anything Once for a recent radio session, Danielle of course was part of Julian’s touring band.
+ Three new t-shirts are now available at the band’s official store
+ Albert attended a Q & A session at a recent screening of Woody Allen’s Bananas, you can find photos here
There has been much speculation over the artwork for Comedown Machine, the Is This It portraits cast as silhouettes could seem like an ominous sign for the future of the band but Albert reassured fans on Twitter last night that whilst it was the end of an era that it was meant to simply represent the end of their cycle at RCA records
— Albert Hammond, Jr. (@alberthammondjr) March 25, 2013
Check out the scans at the link below.
Just under a month until Comedown Machine is released, here is a round-up of the latest news and photos.
A very short review appears in the new Uncut magazine.
The Strokes Trying Your Luck is due to be featured on a compilation CD aiming to raise money for suicide prevention charity CALM. You can find out more about donating to the cause here and read an interview Eric from The Strokes News did with Ben Tallon.
There are now Comedown Machine bundles available on The Strokes official webstore. Note this doesn’t work for people in the UK and Ireland due to Rough Trade being the bands record label, hopefully they will do their own bundles soon.
Strokes fan Gabe (@arcticbuckley) is making a fan documentary about the band. He is looking for fellow fans to contribute to the film by talking about those five guys from NYC. If you are interested contact him via Twitter. Below is one of the trailers he made last year (view the other one here), with new ones planned soon.
• Nikolai now has a new Facebook page you should all check out. Nikolai recently played bass on two new projects, with Harper Simon (check out his new single Bonnie Brae). He also played with Adam Green and Binki Shapiro on a track that doesn’t appear on their rather excellent debut album. That song is Collage and can be heard here
New Single All The Time airing next week
As previously mentioned All The Time will be sent to radio stations next week. Zane Lowe will be playing it as one of his hottest records on Wednesday 13 February. Zane will also be conducting an interview with one of the guys. More info here.
So it seems like there is still no word on The Strokes next album, lots of rumour but nothing solid. Lets hope 2013 brings us what we all want, a new album and a tour.
I’ve updated the gallery with lots of candid photos of the band from late last year and more recently this week
Candid gallery update
Live gallery update