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.
Last week when Zane Lowe premiered All The Time it didn’t come with an interview but after Zane spoke to Nikolai on Twitter that has now changed.
Nikolai didn’t say too much though confirmed that unlike Angles the band recorded Comedown Machine together. With Angles Julian recorded his parts separately.
“I feel good about the atmosphere in the band”
Nikolai would like to tour but no plans for it yet, I am increasingly wondering if they will do what The Beatles did in their later years and become an album only band. Would be a real shame if they did because they are great live. Of course that is just me worrying as a fan!
To put a positive spin on it – if they were to tour now it would once again mostly be festival dates because from mid-June to late August most bands don’t do normal tours it is always the festival dates. Maybe they are putting off touring until the Fall and will do a proper tour then in normal venues.
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.
This is an extremely late round up of The Strokes shows played at the end of July which I missed because I was on vacation at the time
Live Photos: Summer 2011: Flippaut Alternative Reload (July 12 2011)
Live Photos: Summer 2011: FIB Benicàssim Festival (July 15 2011)
Live Photos: Summer 2011: Super Bock Super Rock (July 16 2011)
Live Photos: Summer 2011: Le Zenith, Paris (July 20 2011)
Live Photos: Summer 2011: Palèo Festival (July 21 2011)
I think Nikolai broke the interview record the amount he did
Multimedia: Videos: Live Concerts: Paléo Festival (July 21 2011)
Multimedia: Audio: Live Concerts: Paléo Festival (July 21 2011)
Multimedia: Audio: Live Concerts: Roskilde Festival (July 02 2011)
The Strokes played Sweden’s Peace & Love festival last night and debuted the song from Angles everyone has been wanting to hear live, Machu Picchu!
There is a video up on youtube but the sound isn’t very good, if I come across a better one I will post it. Hopefully this song will become a regular in the setlist
01 Is This It
03 Machu Picchu
05 Taken for a Fool
06 Hard to Explain
07 You’re So Right
08 What Ever Happened?
09 New York City Cops
10 Life Is Simple in the Moonlight
11 You Only Live Once
13 Trying Your Luck
14 Under Cover of Darkness
16 Under Control
17 Last Nite
18 Take It Or Leave It
Nikolai did an interview before going on stage with Expressen TV / MTV