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By Roman Salomone, Contributor
Legendary NYC rock band The Strokes are reportedly working on and recording a new album. In a recent appearance on the JRE Podcast, producer Rick Rubin spoke about recording new material with the indie rock vets in his new, experimental outdoor studio. He said: “A few months ago I was in Costa Rica, recording a new album with The Strokes, and we rented this house up on the top of a mountain and set the band up outside. It’s like they’re doing a concert for the ocean, on the top of a mountain. It was incredible. And we did that every day, playing out in the [open], and they didn’t want to leave. It was, like, the best experience.”
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Though plans haven’t officially been released by the band, frontman Julian Casablancas wrote in an Instagram post: “True, Strokes’ve jammed and started some stuff, but we’re still so extremely far off from being even close to any kinda remotely-near-doneness.” In the end of his post, Julian concluded by saying
“Lotta jumping to conclusions, check back in a year or two honestly.”
Rick Rubin worked on the Strokes’ previous album, “The New Abnormal“. Released via Casablancas’ own Cult Records Label in April, 2020, it featured singles “At the Door”, “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus”, “Bad Decisions”, and “The Adults are Talking”. This was the band’s first studio album in seven years, following up 2013’s “Comedown Machine”. “The New Abnormal” also saw the band’s first Grammy Award, winning Rock Album of the Year.
The band just finished up their North American tour as a supporting act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In between shows of the tour in July, the band attended the Splendour in the Grass festival at the John Cain Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It was at this concert where the band performed a new, unfinished song. Casablancas also made a surprise appearance at a recent King Princess concert at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Together, the two performed a classic Strokes single, “You Only Live Once”.