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New record in March

The Strokes

As often happens with bands of their calibre, the details about The Strokes’ new album are coming little by little. The record, finished since mid-November 2010, is still being mixed, but according to bass player Nikolai Fraiture, a release date has been set for an album which will see The Strokes return to their “classic sound”. That’s what Fraiture told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. "Sonically, I feel it's the album which should have been made between Room On Fire and First Impressions Of Earth." According to Nikolai, the album will be out in March, although the exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet. In the same interview, Nikolai admitted that the vibe and chemistry between the band members, both in the rehearsal room and in the recording studio, has been different this time. "We didn't really break up but we didn't see each other for a long time. When you get back together there’s a lot of weird energy flowing around. There are different dynamics in the group in different ways." Among those new dynamics is the fact that Julian Casablancas has recorded his vocal tracks separately this time, in the absence of the others. When asked why none of the new tracks were played during their last live performances, Nikolai blames the dark side of the Internet: "We didn't really want to play anything new because in the age of the internet we didn't want the new songs to be heard in a crappy way."

The Strokes will be one of the headliners at the upcoming Festival Internacional de Benicàssim. You can get your tickets here.

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