The Strokes Begin Writing New Album

New sessions like 'therapy'

The Strokes have already begun writing sessions for their proposed fifth studio album.

The Strokes have always been a good times band. The New Yorkers’ debut album ‘Is This It?’ seemed to define rock ‘n’ roll debauchery for the new Millennium, exuding a timeless sense of cool.

However sessions for the band’s fourth studio album were notoriously strained. ‘Angles’ was released earlier this year and – while by no means a disaster – The Strokes appeared to be enduring a difficult spell.

Spending the summer on the road, The Strokes performed at T In The Park before headlining Reading and Leeds. Appearing to be on better form, the band were joined by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker for a run through ‘Just What I Needed’ by arch power pop group The Cars.

The two group’s shared the co-headline slot, with Julian Casablancas introducing the Pulp singer by saying: “We love and respect them, give it up for Pulp. And here he is, the Jarv, please welcome Mr Jarvis Cocker.”

Now the band are beginning to look ahead. Speaking to British tabloid The Daily Star bass player Nikolai Fraiture explained that writing sessions were already underway for a proposed new album.

“Some people are bringing in stuff, some are not” he explained. “There aren’t so many finished songs but we have many parts. We try putting them together like puzzles and making them stick.”

Continuing, Fraiture admitted that the bond between The Strokes transcends any solo venture. “What we do on our own is not the same as what we do together. We’re in a good place as a band right now. I feel like I’m at therapy in a marriage.”

The Strokes have not set a time-scale for their fifth album.

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