Fourth album due on March 22nd

The Strokes have confirmed that their fourth album is set to be released on March 22nd.

The long wait is almost over. It's been five years since The Strokes last released a studio album, and this time round the musical landscape is completely different. The indie boom is over, pop rules the charts and rock has been read its last rites.

Time for a comeback? You betcha.

Rumours surrounding the new material are nothing new, but when bass player Nikolai Fraiture suggested that the new album was due shortly alarm bells started ringing. A date of March 22nd was suggested, with the bass player now confirming the official release.

Posting on his Facebook page the bass player said: "Yes! You read right... March 22nd!! Looking forward to playing the new songs live."

Due out on March 22nd in the United States, that equates to March 21st here in the UK. After five long years, fans have only a few weeks to wait until the new Strokes album drops.

Speaking to Zane Lowe recently, Nikolai Fraiture revealed that the album would be a return to basics. "Sonically, I feel it's the album which should have been made between 'Room on Fire' and 'First Impressions of Earth'."

The new album is said to be some ten songs long, with no title being officially confirmed as yet.

Elsewhere, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has posted a new video to his Twitter feed. Featuring Julian Casablancas, the Strokes frontman is thought to be the latest indie star starring on his latest album.

Members of Best Coast and Male Bonding have already contributed to the album, with no release date being confirmed as yet.
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