I’m so happy that The Strokes decided to stream their entire new album, Angles, on their website. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been eagerly awaiting their new album which comes out NEXT WEEK! I’m so grateful that they gave us fans the chance to hear it before it comes out, and I wasn’t disappointed. They have a slightly different sound now, but it’s something that you’d expect from a band that has been together for ten years. Bands evolve, for better or worse. People don’t always like the new sound at first, but it eventually grows on them.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five year since their last album, First Impressions of Earth, back in 2006. Since then many of the band members have gone on to do solo projects. Rhythm guitarist Robert Hammond Jr. put out an album in 2006 called Como Te Llama. Nikolai Fraiture, the bass player, had a side project called Nickel Eye, who put out the album The Time of Assassins in 2009. Lead singer Julian Casablancas did a solo album called Phrazes for the Young in 2009. Fabrizio Moretti, the drummer, started the band Little Joy and released their self-titled album in 2008.
Guitarist Nick Valensi was the only one who did not do solo work. In his opinion, “if you’re playing material that you haven’t even shown to your main band and you’re just sort of keeping it to yourself, I’m not a big fan of that.” I both agree and disagree with this statement. I often roll my eyes at side projects of bands I like since I think they should focus on making more great music with their primary band. However, if they have ideas that are completely different from the band’s sound, like with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, then I think they should branch off and try something new. What do YOU think? Do you ever like a side project better than the original band?
I hope you can take the time to listen to the album, maybe while you’re on the computer doing something else. Let me know what you think of it; I think it’s definitely different from what’s out there right now.