Has it really been five years since The Strokes released an album? Where is the band hanging out in their new video “Under Cover of Darkness”? What happened to Albert Hammond’s magnificent mini-afro? So many questions.
While we eagerly await Angles, the group’s fourth album, we’re stoked for Strokes 2.0, if you will, which finds our favorite scuzzy New York quintet nattily clad in fitted suits and tuxes (though we still kind of miss the all-denim-all-the-time look favored by the group when they first came out).
Last month, the boys fled the warm confines of their home city for Loews Theater in Jersey City, N.J., where they took over the ornate, palatial surroundings to shoot “Under Cover of Darkness.” As they make full use of the giant space, watch the group roam around the lobby, stage and backstage area doing their best imitations of a classical music quintet. And if you missed the antics of lead singer Julian Casablancas, don’t worry. Shunning the video dress code with a sunglasses/leather jacket ensemble, the singer plays cards, throws water jugs and mic stands and generally displays the type of anti-theater behavior we’ve grown to love.
Happily, though, the sound hasn’t changed much: This iteration of The Strokes is still all bouncy pop melodies and layers of dirty scuzz, even if it means they’re no longer welcome at the opera any time soon.
+ Watch The Strokes’ “Under Cover of Darkness” video.