The prospect of a followup to The Strokes fifth studio album Comedown Machine has taunted fans all year: while frontman Julian Casablancas teased the idea last spring, rhythm ax-man Albert Hammond Jr foreclosed those hopes in the following months. And when Time Out NY spoke with Hammond recently, he stayed mostly mum on any future plans with his originary superstar crew: "No. No idea yet. We’ll have a band meeting soon."
Apparently the meeting yielded fruitful results, as Casablancas let spill to the crowd at the rockers' Landmark Festival show in Washington, D.C. "“We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh-t.” If you're afraid of another false alarm, guitarist Nick Valensi’s wife, Amanda de Cadenet, tweeted confirmation:
Julian let the cat outta the bag https://t.co/ZdrghWCzHA— Amanda de Cadenet (@amandadecadenet) September 28, 2015
For extra motivation to get hype for this release, check out the recent solo work from the individual members: Hammond's new Momentary Masters, and Casablanca's Tyranny, released with his solo band The Voidz last year.