The Strokes In Studio for Fifth Album
After not working with each other for five years, the Strokes make a comeback last year with Angles. Rather than simply taking another break, however, The Strokes have officially returned to the studio. According to Billboard.com, the band is working at New York’s Electric Lady Studios on their fifth album.
Producer Gus Oberg is working with the band on the still-untitled release. Oberg previously produced Angles and with the group’s guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. on his solo album Como Te Llama? Their fifth studio album, according to Billboard.com, is apparently their last under their contract with RCA Records.
Work on the album, however, appeared to have started a year ago. Back in July, around when single “Taken For a Fool” was released, bassist Nikolai Fraiture tweeted about the band’s activity, which was uncertain at the time because of contract issues with guitarist Nick Valenti. Additionally, Hammond told Billboard at the time: "We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we're all excited to play. I don't know if we're the kind of band that would ever play something new before it came out, just the way the Internet works and people recording it. I think even if we had the whole record done, we wouldn't play it 'til the album was out."
Angles, since its release over a year ago, has sold 213,000 copies and went as high as No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Aside from not working with each other for half a decade before that point, the rest of the band apparently didn’t record Angles at the same time as frontman Julian Casablancas. The album produced two singles: “Under Cover of Darkness” and “Taken For a Fool.”
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