The last time The Strokes
were seriously in the news, the future seemed uncertain. Guitarist Nick Valensi lamented on the "horrible" recording sessions for Angles
and boldly stated that he would not do another Strokes record if it was made in the same vein. Fans could only hopelessly watch on the sidelines as individual members of the group passive aggressively attacked each other in the press.
For a while, it appeared as if The Strokes were on life support. They gave conflicting reports on progress for a new album and lead singer Julian Casablancas admitted they did certain live shows for the money. All of this obvious tension led to questions concerning whether or not they could still work together. Well, rest easy Strokes fans: a new album is definitely going to be a reality in the near future, and they have given us the proof. Today, at approximately 2:30 PM, The Strokes released a new song for stream and free download on their website
titled "One Way Trigger" and it's good, really good.
Considering they just got past the ten-year mark as a group, it's nice to hear The Strokes building upon their songwriting abilities by carving out new ideas. The track features all of the signature sounds found in their best singles and some new ones too. Julian unleashes a previously unheard falsetto over a jerky synth line that gives the song a distinctive 80s sound. The chorus is catchy as hell (as per usual) but that doesn't stop the band from taking this song in crazy different directions. An industrial guitar solo brings a different rhythm into the equation. Staying true their well established tradition, the song ends all too abruptly following a breakdown that could have easily carried over for ten seconds longer than it does. It's a piece of pop perfection that should silence the doubters from the first moment they hear it. The Strokes are back ladies and gentleman. Lets hope it's for good.