The song, debuted at the band’s Bernie Sanders rally appearance in New Hampshire earlier this month, is heavily indebted to 80s new-wave. As Pitchfork points out, it gives a writing credit to Billy Idol and Tony James for its interpolation of Idol’s ‘Dancing With Myself’.
The accompanying video for ‘Bad Decisions’ similarly pays homage to the past, with a deliciously retro aesthetic that sees the band in the role of late-night TV spruikers.
‘Bad Decisions’ is the second single to be released ahead of The New Abnormal, after the band shared the synth-heavy ‘At the Door’ last week.
Produced by Rick Rubin, The New Abnormal is slated for release Friday, 10th April through The Strokes’ long-time label RCA as well as frontman Julian Casablancas’ own Cult Records. It’s the first full-length from the NYC rockers since 2013’s Comedown Machine, and follows their 2016 EP Future Present Past.
Watch the video for ‘Bad Decisions’ below.