The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has revealed the band could begin work on new material in January of next year. Speaking ahead of the release of his new solo album, Tyranny, Casablancas said the band is “in a really cool place”, setting the stage for a follow-up to 2013’s Comedown Machine.
During a recent interview on the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show (via NME), Casablancas was asked about when fans can expect another album from the garage revival favourites. “In January we might meet up and work on some ideas,” said the frontman. “Everyone is psyched. Everything is in a really cool place.”
The singer said that the band’s live performances earlier this year, which included their first gig in three years, in addition to headlining performances at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York and FYF Fest, helped the band’s five members get on the same page and rejuvenate their working relationship.
“We haven’t started on anything,” he explained. “But it was cool and we played some shows and the vibe is finally… I don’t know if we ever had that good a working friendship foundation [in our] work relationship, but now we finally have that.” The frontman insisted the band will “always have the creative vibe.”
After returning from a lengthy hiatus in 2010, the band went on to release two albums, including 2011’s Angles. However, when an October 2013 mailing list email claimed the band was “toiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene”, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr was quick to quash the report.
In the meantime, Casablancas is gearing up for the release of Tyranny, his second solo record, on Friday, 26th September. The album will feature the recently released single Human Sadness, as well as the track Where No Eagles Fly, for which the singer recently unveiled an eerie, VHS-style music video.