WEDNESDAY, JUNE 01, 2016|
Posted by: Evan Jake Goldstein
Why is is that 90% of the music The Strokes have released post-2003s Room On Fire just kind of eh? The difficult part of reviewing music like the Future Present Past EP is that I have to convey my thoughts and feelings about music that doesn't make me think or feel anything. That's the problem The Strokes are facing, they're still in the ring, but they aren't landing any blows. It could be that they set the bar too high on Is This It and Room On Fire, or that they got too big to stay in touch with their roots, or that they've gotten too old for their perpetually youthful audience. Regardless, whenever I listen to any of their later material all I can think is, "I wish I were just listening to their early stuff." Most of the time that's what I end up doing. I sit through their new stuff one or two times, maybe finding one or two decent songs, and then I inevitably go back to listening to those first two albums. There is no lasting impact to their newer material, nothing that sticks with you, nothing for you to identify with.
Check out their live performance of two of their new songs, "OBLIVIUS" and "Drag Queen" from their show last night at the Capitol Theatre...
Now watch this clip from 2001 of them performing "New York City Cops" one of the most important and controversial tracks in post 9/11 NYC, with Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) perfectly summing up just how impressive they were in the beginning.
Something has changed, and not for the better.
That being said, I LOVE The Strokes! Their music has been an essential part of soundtrack of my youth. They're the main reason I'm going to Governor's Ball this year, and I will always credit them for their pioneering role the NYC musical renaissance of the early 2000s (along with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol). For me, though, they've somehow already become a nostalgia act, similar to the Ramones in the 90s. That's right; I said it.