The days when The Strokes were considered the coolest band in the world seem a long time ago.
Considered one of the most influential rock records of their generation, 2001 debut ‘Is This It’ turned the New York quintet into garage rock heroes. But amidst various bouts of in-fighting, the group have struggled to recapture its success ever since.
And judging by new track, ‘One Way Trigger’, which premiered last night, things aren’t likely to change with their upcoming fifth studio album.
Ignoring the spiky guitar riffs they have become renowned for, the experimental Latin-tinged number features a bouncy synth hook which appears to have been borrowed from A-Ha’s 80s classic, “Take On Me” and a shrieking falsetto vocal from Julian Casablancas which at one point only dogs are likely to hear.
Despite denials from their record company last year that the group were working on a new record, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr’s father recently confirmed that the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Angles’ is on its way:
“Albert says that the stuff they’re doing is incredible. They’re doing it themselves with their friend, engineer and producer. He just says, ‘Dad, it’s incredible’.”
“I don’t think they’ll go in a wildly different direction. Obviously the songs will be different, but I think The Strokes are The Strokes; they always will be The Strokes.”
Obviously he hadn’t heard ‘One Way Trigger.’