It's happened. It's coming. It's in the oven and nearly ready to be devoured. Prepare yourselves, for after varying side projects from nearly all members of the band, The Strokes
have announced their return to a full focus on their band with the March 22nd release of their fourth album, tentatively named Angles
. Rolling Stone is featuring an article
on the formation of Angles
in their February 3rd issue, which is on stands and online today. Discussing the excitement of The Strokes' first full album since 2006's First Impressions of Earth
, the article explains the take-it-home attitude of the band's commitment to their own sound. It also explores the devoted inclusion of each individual member, which is something that has been touched upon but not fully represented in the previous albums. The article features members of the band openly admitting to the shortcomings of inter-band politics, but are sure to re-energize with the nearly tangible anticipation of an album that is not only new to our ears, but new to The Strokes.
Example: A daydream collaboration of Jay-Z and the Rolling Stones is listed as a reference to describe the sound of track "Machu Picchu". And how did this all come to be? A lack of connection and recording style with producer Joe Chiccarelli prompted the band to put the album together themselves in Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr's home studio. It is this independence, as a united band, that kick-started the organic structure layered in the unique influences of each Strokes member to put together an album that is unafraid to explore and expand. The possible album name Angles
is inspired by this equally collaborative attitude, as the combined package is a marriage of five different perspectives, ideas, and talents. This is joyous news for Strokes fans, who have long anticipated new music from the band since the past few years have been devoted to members' side projects, such as lead singer Julian Casablancas' extensive touring for his solo album Phrazes for the Young
, from all the way back to the days of the mythical Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
(on which he performed on October 27th, 2009).
If you are one of the many who are foaming at the mouth right now, be sure to check out this Rolling Stone article to get all the deets on The Strokes' eagerly awaited new album, Angles
, to be released on March 22nd, 2011.
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