The Strokes Might Take Their Time Recording a New Album
A newsletter for The Strokes recently proclaimed they’re heading back to the studio soon: "[T]oiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene." But Albert Hammond, Jr., also promoting his own solo release at the moment, told Billboard that this statement is somewhat false.
Regarding a follow-up to Comedown Machine, he told the magazine: "We don't know anything yet. There's no news or information. We're not writing or doing anything -- maybe individually we are, but it's not like we're in the studio or anything."
Part of this involves deciding how to handle a follow-up, as Comedown Machine was their last release on RCA. The album had no press but still debuted to No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with 41,000 copies its first week. Part of that hesitancy to produce a follow-up involves the band deciding what they’ll do, now that they’re not signed to a label.
Hammond then mentioned: “[W]e thought it would be cool to have a record and see how it did with no press or touring and then kind of regroup at this point in our lives, where we're no longer attached to a label, and see how we want to present ourselves going forward. I think people always want things immediate, and I feel like what's best is always something that's thought out. Something that's great will just have more of an impact than something that's 'now.' "
Hammond then revealed the band may even do 10 albums in the future, but that wouldn’t be immediate.
If you’re a Strokes fan, what would you like to see the band do? Should they hold off on a follow-up or go back into the studio to ride the high they experienced with Angles and then Comedown Machine?
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