It’s happening! Julian Casablancas confirmed in a recent interview with Noisey that The Strokes have begun working on new material for the first time since 2013’s Comedown Machine. The last record didn’t get a ton of attention due to ongoing friction between the band; there was little pre-promotion and no tour in support of the LP because of those mini feuds.
The rise of Julian’s new project, The Voidz, hasn’t sped up a Strokes reunion but it is something that he plans to continue: “We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that. I’d like to do both [bands] really if I could.”
Julian credits the hostility in The Strokes to a drinking problem he has since resolved. “I drank too much… I don’t have clear memories. I wish I could go back and do it all sober so I could really just savour everything.”
Casablancas isn’t giving up on his band yet:
“The Strokes was my life. It was everything and I put everything into it – it was a journey that I wanted to keep moving forward, but I couldn’t do that anymore and it was very frustrating. Here’s the thing, The Strokes, the relationship is good now… FYF [Festival 2014 in Los Angeles] was kind of a moment where for once things were cool for me, but that was very recently. So I’m trying to do stuff to keep it alive, work on it, give it a chance.”