There’s been a constant cycle of confirmation, denial and then rumors about new albums from The Strokes ever since the New York garage rockers first took an extended break. Well that period has produced two albums and there’s talk of another one possibly landing in 2015, which is phenomenal news for all fans and everyone who has ears. In their time apart though, the members have gotten up to some pretty cool things on their own. Most notable is frontman Julian Casablancas whose 2009 album Phrazes For The Young was, to put it simply, awesome.
Now the good news continues as Casablancas has officially announced a new record with his band The Voidz. The album, titled Tyranny, has been teased for a while now, with songs getting tested out at recent shows, but we didn’t have a name or a date until today.
Casablancas posted a weird video that almost sort-of lets us hear snippets of the songs. Really it’s just footage of him and his band around the world, but the end shows the new album’s name, its September 23rd release date, and where it can be bought. Check out that video below.
The title seems to go along with previous statements that this would be a protest record of sorts. Casablancas, like many great rebellious rockers before him, seems to be sick of the bullshit that oftentimes comes along with the music industry. Because of that, the album can be pre-ordered for $3.87 on Cult Records’ site.
He also announced a slate of new tour dates, though more are supposedly coming. I hope that is actually the case, because otherwise I’ll be driving to Chattanooga to see a show. You can see the scheduled shows at the bottom of this article.
There’s not nearly enough of the new music in this video to give any indication of what the music is like, but come on, it’s Casablancas and it’s under four bucks. There’s no way you can go wrong on this one.
I just wish it was September 23rd today…
10/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
10/20 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
10/21 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
10/30 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/31 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
11/11 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox