It’s been seven years since the last full-length release from The Strokes, though they haven’t been entirely absent in the time passed. From playing dozens of shows, to dropping a 4-song EP in 2016, to teasing new music last year, The Strokes have used most of the 2010s to slowly thaw out for a comeback.
This past New Year’s Eve, The Strokes
—who reconvened in entirety for the performance
—confirmed that the band is back. Though Julian Casablancas has found a voice and fandom with The Voidz and Albert Hammond Jr. through his solo work, the success and love of The Strokes is of an unprecedented nature.
At the NYE Barclay’s show, The Strokes debuted a new song, “Ode to the Mets,” which will appear on their forthcoming record. Casablancas told the packed stadium, “We’ve been unfrozen and we’re back.”
“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon. 2020, here we come,” said Casablancas. “The 2010s, whatever the f–k they’re called, we took ‘em off.”
During the main set they also played “The Adults Are Talking,” another new song they debuted in 2019. Now that fans can feel assured that The Strokes are hard at work on an album due out this year, it begs the question: Will The Strokes Tour in 2020?
So far, The Strokes are scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza festivals in South America and the Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta. Though they have yet to confirm any additional festival sets or concerts, we are very optimistic about a full, North American Strokes tour in 2020.
Stay tuned, as we are fairly certain that we will be receiving new music from The Strokes in the coming weeks.