The Strokes drop the grudges

After laying low for a while, The Strokes are back at it. The band is sketching blueprints for album number four in their New York City rehearsal space. Lead vocalist Julian Casablancas told Rolling Stone that the boys have drawn up three songs in three weeks. “I would say it’s going great,” Casablancas said. “We have a lot of work to do, though.”

The band is working hard to move away from the old stuff and towards a hybrid sound that will fuse past with future. Invision a futuristic Elvis Costello. “Some of the new stuff has a Seventies vibe, like Thin Lizzy or Elvis Costello,” Casablancas told the magazine. “But then some of it is bizarre music from the future that we’re trying to tone down to sound catchy. So we’re trapped between the future and the Seventies.”

This will be The Strokes’ first full-length since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, as it has taken the band three years to overcome petty disputes. But finally good vibes have set in and creative genius can flow.

“It feels like we’re new,” Casablancas confirmed. “We didn’t used to be honest – there would always be mini-feuds over stupid shit. Now, if Nick [Valensi] and Fab [Moretti] or anyone are saying they like it fast or slow, we’ll talk about it, as opposed to saying, ‘Well, I never liked you sister.’”