Update: Ryan Gentles set the record straight. There won’t be a song on Tuesday: “no, there is no “b-side” coming out tomorrow. albert may have been confused… on March 1st, we’ll release a 7″ w/b side.” Sorry to get your hopes up, everyone. Updated
One of the things that got lost in all of the craziness of Wednesday’s UCoD premiere is that we’re about to get another new Strokes track.
In his interview with Zane Lowe, Albert Hammond Jr. said that next week the physical copies of the “Under Cover of Darkness” single will be released. And, with that, Strokes fans will have their second new Angles track in as many weeks.
“The fact that pieces of it are coming out is very exciting,” Hammond Jr. told Lowe. “And I think in a week — I’m very bad with dates — with the single and the b-side being another song from the record is very exciting.”
The date Albert is referring to is Tuesday, Feb. 15 — just five more days.
Listen to the interview with Albert here: http://www.mediafire.com/?4h2kfaxay6dxam2
Some UCoD reviews, including my thoughts on the song and what makes The Strokes the best band in the world, after the jump.
Here are some reviews of UCoD from major media outlets, if you’re interested.
I’m not really interested in writing a review for this song. I love it and nothing I can say about the backing vocals or dueling guitars hasn’t already been said in nearly every review you’ve read. But this is an email response I wrote last night after everything settled and I had some time to spend with UCoD and my thoughts.
Was there ever any doubt the minute you heard it? I love it. I love everything about it. The things you wrote in the previous email thread were spot on, from what I can remember.
But the thing that so many people (journalists) don’t ever write about when it comes to The Strokes is just how complicated their arrangements are. You’ve certainly realized this because you’re a fan and you’ve listened to UCoD 100+ times. I’ve already listened to this song around 20 times and each time I can pick something different out from the mix, focus just on that and be absolutely blown away. Each member is doing something interesting in UCoD and that’s what separates The Strokes from everybody else (excluding Radiohead). That’s my favorite thing about The Strokes and something I was really worried about because the side projects (outside of Julian’s, I’d say) didn’t really have the intricate nature of the band’s first two albums.
So yeah, I love it and I’m unbelievably excited for the rest of the album. I have complete faith in the new ‘everybody contributes’ inner structure of The Strokes and I’m fascinated to hear some of the darker tracks off Angles. Machu Picchu sounds like it’s a monster from the Rolling Stone review and Albert’s interview on Zane Lowe.