Audio: The Strokes at Governors Ball (FULL CONCERT)

by Eric Van Dril · 48 comments

The audio isn’t professional quality, but it’s not bad for a fan’s recording.

Thank you Mateja for passing along the link.

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1 Arnold June 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

Man this brings so many awesome memories. The public was rough and the sun was really intense, but it was really really really worth it. I travelled from Ecuador (latinamerica) to see them and even thought I invested a lot of time and energy, they were much better than I thought, they blew my mind off. It was beatiful

2 Arnold June 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

beautiful*

3 oleg June 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

without Lou Reed there wouldn’t be strokes. Very big influence on Julian’s vocals

4 Peter June 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Thanks Oleg, had no idea…

5 This Is Now June 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm
6 Eric Van Dril June 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

@This is Now — Why did you think of me?

7 Julian C June 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

@Eric – cause you got the powa!

8 This Is Now June 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

Yes what Julian said. :)

9 Mike B June 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

So I finally found performances from The Strokes at Gov Ball that have good audio and video quality. It’s all on this guys youtube channel!
https://www.youtube.com/user/honduras100pre/videos

10 Joseph A June 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

@Mike B Thanks for the link! There are three Voidz videos on the channel too. If the Voidz album is released in September like Julian says it’s going to be, I think it’s going to be the best album of the year. And, I think Strokes VI is going to be one of their best albums whenever they decide to record it.

11 Next Dimension June 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

The new Cerebral Ballzy album is out today. Anyone listen to it yet?

12 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

Hi everyone! it’s taken me over a week to come by here and post but I loved all the GB posts and thanks everyone for all the videos (and audios)!!
I wanted to share my own Governor’s Ball experience here if anyone wants to read it:

ok so TMA, Maya and I met up at GB with two JC/Strokes fans that we met here on TSN. which is so very cool imo. I love that the Strokes (and Eric!) are the reason all these friendships started. I met a lot of JC/Strokes fans there from Twitter too.
There was a lot of internet people meeting at this concert for the first time in person. People came from all over the country and some people from other countries. I just love it! So much Strokes Love!
I watched a couple of these encounters while I was melting/dying in the sun waiting for TS. more on that later.

So first the Voidz: Julian seemed surprised, then smirky at the large crowd waiting for him and his band. While waiting for 5 hours at the barrier – I had a lot of time to talk to people all around me. A lot of people do really like his Voidz music – the two guys behind me (very tall guys -nice guys- kept checking the crowd for me telling me how crowded it was getting) they said “Who could not like this? This is some GOOD SHIT!!” I agree.

Julian did make the comment while introducing tVoidz – “in case anyone was expecting some OTHER band”
I was like “Dude! people are out here freaking sweating waiting for Voidz music- stop preaching to the CHOIR”
and imo it sure would HELP if he would release the damn album. No one can sing along which is kinda a PITA.

But Julian is so into this music – when he’s not singing he’s got his eyes closed and is wrapped up in it you can see clearly it’s where his heart and soul is (musically) rn.
tVoidz sounded REAL GOOD. they are all amazing musicians – I find it amusing that one of the “reporters” found it necessary to only comment on Beardo’s clothing choices and not the fact that he’s an accomplished musician. How ridiculous. He also had his own fans in the crowd cheering for him.
All tVoidz songs sounded GREAT – real strong and much more polished than those early shows. Julian’s vocals were crazy good – when he’s passionate about something it’s freaking incredible-you can just feel it.

I was annoyed that they left with some time still alloted to them – but I dont think he wants to do Phrazes songs mixed in with tVoidz stuff. tbh- I love Phrazes so much but don’t think it “fits” with tVoidz stuff. except maybe they could have done RoB with a much harder sound and that would of been amazing.
It was kind of like when TS first started- when they only had 11 songs –
tVoidz played loud and hard and then Julian walked right off the stage. pretty awesome show imo..

13 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

Dare I Care/Arabic Jam is my most fave Voidz song. It’s so GOOD. the little guitar solo is very Julianish imo – I’m thinking he wrote it. But just the music and the vocals in this song – I love it.
I recorded it -if anyone wants to hear it
– I was just holding the phone up to get the audio to listen to later. so I’m sorry for the vertical recording.
also Julian forgot to come in on one part lol, so it doesn’t just happen with Strokes songs haha.
also the photogs were only allowed to hang out for a couple of songs, but this woman rudely stood on a step right in front of me at the very end of the song and I might have kinda pushed her off lol. that’s why the song cuts out at the end.

http://youtu.be/FCet710s3c8

14 Tommy Pickles June 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

@Next Dimension, It’s pretty good. A lot of good punk songs on it. It’s way more accessible than their first album but they still have that snotty punk sound in them.

15 SAS June 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

@Annie1251 – keep going>>>!! what next?

16 LillySu June 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

@Annie
Thanx for sharing your GB impressions! :) I love your video with Arabic Jam. I love that song. And it really sounds more polished than on SA shows.

17 LillySu June 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

@Next Dimension
I downloaded Ballzy’s Jaded & Faded and I’m listening it right now. I think it’s very good. Some songs are amazing. I’m quite impressed with Lonely As America and Off With Your Head. Rhythms are so chaotic and complex and beautiful. City Girl and Better In Letter are sweet.

18 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

@SAS –
lol! thanks! I looked back on what I’ve typed and thought holy crap that’s a little book haha.
this one is gonna be longer tho.
ok so our Strokes day started with our whole group fighting with the nasty ferry guy early in the morning-
we wanted to be the first in line-he wanted NO ONE in line. we finally wore him down until he took us around the back and put us in a special area so we would be first and outta his hair LOL.
Based on TS popularity at GB-he better get used to dedicated (aka crazy) Strokes fans-I am thinking TS will be back next year.

ok same thing as Friday-sprinted like Olympians to get to the barrier. Some random gazelle like fans came outta nowhere (from a side gate??) and slid onto the front barrier right before us. so we went immediately to the right side barrier- right in the front near center stage. we could of gone into VIP but we wanted to be closer to the stage so we went to GA. I had no idea how different the two sections would be.

Been to a lot of concerts but have never done anything like this before. Stood our ground hanging onto the barrier for 7 hours waiting for TS. the sun was so freaking HOT and people started withering early and had to be hauled over the barrier and pulled out. it got more and more crowded really early. everybody wanted to see TS. some people said they were going to try and hang out for Jack White but every single person wanted TS.
Waiting thru the bands was excrutiating. If you put your head down too long – the medics would watch you closely to see if you had to be pulled out. a lot of people fainted. some were wasted some just over heated.

Finally TS crew started to set up and everybody perked up. by now our section was packed. People were so friendly – so COOL. I talked to everyone around me to find out where people were from. One guy next to me was from Boston (sweater tied around his neck) his girlfriend from Georgia, their friend from Texas, and they were hanging with someone from Norway. Again – I just LOVE how TS have fans from everywhere.

Of course TS were late-I would have been surprised if they were on time lol. SO while we were waiting – in a break from the crowd chanting STROKES! STROKES! STROKES! a girl held up a sign that said ITI and SO MANY PEOPLE SANG THE WHOLE FIRST VERSE OUT LOUD. It was SO awesome! I’m wondering what TS thought of all that love?
For all the times in your life that people say to you “Who the hell are the Strokes?” For all the time that you might wonder why you hang onto loving this PITA band – and you wonder if there is anybody else out there that feels the same –
THERE IT WAS. All these people singing a beloved song together – no music – no one on the stage – just loving this band and this song and I will never forget that. tbh I felt a lot less crazy right at that moment lol. These People GET IT. That Strokes Love. from all over the country and from around the world. It was really special.

So finally the band saunters onto the stage. The first SECOND that Barely Legal started it was complete INSANITY. People went crazy – singing dancing PUSHING – in the first MINUTE medics were running to pull people OUT. It was joy and chaos and happiness and complete craziness all at the same time. People were still nice to each other- yelling for medics – “Hey this guy’s passed out! We need help! Over here!” they had wheelchairs going with straps kuz people were falling over – s2g – I couldnt even make this stuff UP. they even had stretchers. People would get pulled out over my head -all the while the whole CROWD joyfully singing dancing HAPPY kuz it’s the FUCKING STROKES UP THERE. it was NUTS.

We said it was almost like an SNL sketch of a concert- it was so unreal. The best way to really describe this whole scene was when they sang Under Control. Julian was crooning so beautifully – the guys were swaying a little – the song was so pretty –
and the crowd right in front of them WAS ABSOLUTE CHAOS lol. Do they see all this? I wonder.
The medics running and people getting pulled out didnt let up once. I knew as soon as I heard Reptilia start that things were gonna get crazier. I pushed so hard to keep from getting smushed into the barrier and having my ribs broken. I was pretty intimate with anyone in front or in back of me haha. But I didnt care because the crowd was SO into it and TS played SO WELL -it was amazing to be part of that Strokes LOVE. you all know the set list by now. I started crying when H2E came on. When they played Someday – I watched the big screens – EVERYONE all the way back to the white tents – all the way to the very back were dancing and singing. People were singing every word to every song. I loved it-it was amazing!

when they left after Last Nite – eveyrone thought they were done. the music came on – and two guys started moving equipemnt. people started climbing over the barrier. all of a sudden – Fab and ALbert start – Nick literally runs onto the stage and Julian was all smiley “did you all think we were actually leaving?” But all the people that were half over the barrier and the ones that had made it out – flung themselves back INTO the area -by now NYCC had started and everything went CRAZY. It was one of the best feelings in my life – sorry to be dramatic but it was AWESOME. every person there was singing and loving it- ALberts solo – Fab’s little drum part – people were CHEERING and jumping and dancing.
and then Julian said – smiley again “Ok we’re really leaving now”
And they left. and a city size group of Strokes fans were like “That was AMAZING”
kuz it really WAS.

19 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

sorry meant to say Nick! typing too fast brain way behind lol

@Lilly – glad you liked the Dare I Care – I think it sounded so good too.

20 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

@Mateja
I wanted to say thanks to you for posting that really great article on Julian from Revolt. I actually tweeted the writer Bryce after I read it here because he really “gets” Julian and what he’s all about. I think that was the best article I’ve ever seen about Julian. thanks so much!

21 Matt June 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

One of my favorite parts of Arabic Jam/Dare I Care is when he breaks into falsetto. I hope it’s like that on the record.

22 Annie 1251 June 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

@Matt
I actually wanted to mention the falsetto on Dare I Care myself – I’m not sure if he sang it that way at the earlier shows or not? But I loved it too.

23 R Guy June 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Sometimes he sang the falsetto and sometimes he didn’t (I think I’ve watched every performance of Dare I Care). My guess is that he sings the falsetto on the record.

24 Matt June 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I’m pretty sure he went into falsetto on most of his performances. I think that and Father of Electricity will be my favorite tracks. I’m still confident he’s got more songs to be on the record like that super melodic one from the preview.

25 casanegras33 June 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Hello guys! Finally desided to join this site!!!
Strokesfan since the early days…hope TS or at least JC will
Tour Germany this or next year. Saw them twice…and botj times i
Just went nuts…it just happened :) my friends looked
As if i did too much drugs…but nope…just the f… Strokes!
Hope someday I’ll see them again…and get just as high as I got these two
very special days!!!

26 SAS June 18, 2014 at 12:21 am

@Annie – thanks so much, great to have excellent first hand accounts of GB/TS/TV – sounds like it really was a bucket list day – and I loved the Dare I Care/Arabic Jam vid too, still think that album dropping is going to be one of the highlights of my year!

27 Annie 1251 June 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

A backstage pic of the guys right after their show – apparently they like bananas after their shows.
Our health conscious band haha :) Who would of guessed this 10 years ago?
http://instagram.com/p/pXMh_Ukzk3/

@SAS
thanks for reading! and yeah me too – really looking forward to this Voidz album. wish he would move up the date but he even mentioned @GB it would be September . Mr. Meticulous. lol.

28 Annie 1251 June 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

@matt
there’s a couple little pretty melodic parts in JC&tV preview
http://youtu.be/2aX4ohIN4UA

the one at 1:14 which some of us thought sounds like Human Sadness from Sam’s film (which is so beautiful btw)
https://soundcloud.com/alejo-estarellas/human-sadness

and a little interesting bit at 1:38 – which one did you mean?
sorry – so excited for this album I just wanna talk about it!

29 Annie 1251 June 18, 2014 at 6:31 am

Albert’s excited about his new music and has been tweeting…..
https://twitter.com/alberthammondjr/status/479113357585182721

30 Annie 1251 June 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

One last thing about GB – the festival was run so well. the people working there were all so nice – from the tshirt stands, to the free water refill stations, the food areas, the security, the above mentioned medics-they did a great job.
Esp a guy named Lawrence from security that was just the coolest dude. gave out free oranges when we were really melting in the sun and had such a great sense of humor and attitude.
also they gave out free water bottles- and were handing out ice cubes to the crowd – doesnt sound like much but let me tell you after 7 hours in the sun an ice cube and an oraange is a big freaking deal lol

also there were a lot of volunteers which seems like a real good idea if anyone is interested for next year (getting in for free!)

31 Next Dimension June 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

@Annie1251…. agree, it was run really well. The only complaint I had was that the food lines were ridiculous! Maybe next year have even more vendors….or atleast a few vendors who can turn out food fast.

32 LillySu June 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

@Annie
Reading your posts and watching those videos makes me feel almost like I was there. I’m really grateful!
And I’m waiting impatiently for that JC+theVoidz record too. I’m sure it will be amazing. Love all songs they showed us until now, even in that imperfect form of fan recordings. September is just around the corner…

33 Wolfsie June 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

I agree! I read all these great reports of the show this morning while listening to the audio. It will have to keep me going till they come back to Europe one day! Glad everyone had an amazing (but safe!) time :)

34 hai June 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

kinda ot i suppose but does anyone know where i can get good strokes bootlegs?

35 Matt June 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

@Annie
I meant both of those. I actually think it sounds like it’s one song, but it would only benefit me to be 2 different songs. Either way, Julian’s yet to play that so there’s something to look forward to.

36 LillySu June 18, 2014 at 10:24 am
37 Jonny B June 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Goddamit ‘erbody.

You know, someone should have taken me up on my 180$ offer for the 3 day pass. I ended up selling it for 400$.

I’m not watching any of these until I see them live. FYF is already sold out, and I should be coming into some money soon. I’ll book plane and hotel right away.

I just wish them the best of luck with all their endeavors, and that they have helped millions of people through life, definitely me. I mean..they can do w/e the fuck they want.

*sigh* I’ve got tix to Alt-J, Foxygen, Keiser Chiefs, of Montreal, Neutral Milk, and many others..not to mention FYF and ACL(Outkast, Eminem, Interpol, Spoon, Beck, etc, etc)….*sigh*..and all the time trying to write great music myself that doesn’t sound like The Strokes, or any other band for that matter.

So much to them though. God bless The Strokes.

38 Jonny B June 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

ACTUALLY, I am about to jam with someone who recognized me at TX State University from the Albert Show..Maybe we’ll get recognized, that’s a cool enough story. Strokes shows are a great place to network. Word to the wise. Don’t drink.

39 Jonny B June 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

@Origins & Tall Tales

Haha, thanks for coming around. What’s funny is I also just came across that band Magic! and have covered that song! lol…It get’s old kinda fast, and I haven’t listened to their other songs yet…but I have recommended them to other people. It’s nice to see a band that has 311’s style that doesn’t totally suck..It’s cool how it starts off romantic, then it’s about a man, then it turns out to be about marrying a woman…When he sings “the answer is no”..I think a lot more could have been done with the word “no”, but yeah. Doubt they’re ever going to make my top 50 fav bands, but def have a good song. I appreciate how they at least changed up the 2nd verse a tiny bit and added “The answer’s STILL no”..that’s really what separates it from similar songs that are much worse…but enough about them. Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is the song I’m flippin’ out about…People say I cover it better than the original singer ;-)…I don’t agree, but very flattering. Maybe I understood the song more than Hozier, lol.

Yeah, some very hopeful stuff happened tonite. Luis, the guy who I jammed w/ from the Albert show who also goes to my school flipped out over my music! Which was great. He’s the first I’ve shown some of it to, because it’s just song writing, I haven’t even attempted to finalize or mix it or anything.

Ok, so you’re talking about my chances being one in a bazillion…Well, let’s break it down. There’s 7.046 billion people on earth………ok, let me skip a few steps. England, Canada, and the USA have a huge leg up in Western music because we understand Rock and Roll. It’s in our genes…even rap artists stem from rock(I’m working on a hip hop song now). So that’s 901 million people, roughly. Then subtract old people and young children. At that point you can subtract people who aren’t trying to be musicians…………………..Now it get’s interesting. I live in Austin, probably the 3rd or 4th best city to to be a musician (After NYC, LA, and possibly Detroit) in the USA. Also, I’m good looking, somewhat young, and talented. Also I have experience, support, and some prestige………..ok, now I’m narrowed down quite a bit. If I can put another legit band together, I think my competition won’t be in triple digits, but that’s easier said than done. *yawn*

So yeah…..Austin has Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson….Fucking Spoon. There are a few other big ones. There’s a nice music scene, and I could rise above it.

I’ve played around bars in Austin. I know people who work have connections with record labels. I know PR people who put together festivals and concerts…I know lower level musicians, prob highest being Wild Child and Slightly Stoopid, and they’ve given me good advice on how they did it. I’ve chilled with The Hives..talked to several other famous people and always try to pick up the idea behind “x-factor”..not copying theres, but just get a gist of what it is…

But all of the arrogance I just expressed was self hatred before The Strokes. I realized there were other people kind of like me…talented, indie, not giving a fuck……..I mean, I’ll never be Julian Casablancas, let me be clear, but I’ll be Jonathan D. Borazjani, and turns out…that’s something.

But I’m going to try to get an EP out before the end of summer. I’m thinking 1 or 2 hip hop songs, and then one or two of more rock&roll songs….haha, it should be some good shit.

But yeah, God Bless all Strokes fans. You too, Origins. Special thanks to Eric Van Dril (Btw, except for the USA of course, I’ve been a HUGE Netherlands fan my entire life. It’s the reason my fav color is orange)…and all of the artists that, for whatever reason. God, luck, hard work……have made the world a better place through Mass Media.

40 Jonny B June 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

*theirs

Oh, and about America’s got Talent or American Idol…it’s been one of my dreams to get on their, make it to the top 10 or w/e, play along……….then completely change the show forever, probably ruin it for the reward of teaching indie rock to the masses. I’d either sing my own lyrics, or cause a scene..something. I’d prob practice a song hundreds of times, half cover, half original, and brake some shit….Idk, but all I know is it would be sweet. If I won, though, I’d insist on being a producer and still change shit up.

41 Jonny B June 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Also, the guy I jammed with tonite was a HUGE Albert fan. I’ve never met someone who liked Alberts music considerably more than Julians or The Strokes.

42 Wolfsie June 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hmmm Albert says maybe one more show this summer. I wonder where…

http://www.nme.com/news/the-strokes/78005?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=strokes

43 Jonny B June 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Yeah, the first one lists a bunch of factors I already know and try to compensate. I know image is very important, and marketability. Def focus on all of that stuff. I’ll do my best to sell one first, either my music or my image, then have the other side to back it up and seal the deal.

About the 2nd one….haha…I actually write a lot of songs about time running out. Here are a couple of my lyrics

“The clock keeps ticking and my mind can’t be free,
though the concepts are linking it’s still stuck in a frame,
I tried to make sense in a suburban dream,
my thoughts were to abstract and idiots call it mean.
What will it take to make sense at my wake it will be too late”

Here’s from another song
“Life is but a time to me, getting spent endlessly
Everything will be okay!!!
One day we’ll die helplessly.
I will try to save some face,
So I’ll be yours in later days.
Everything will be okay!!!!!
Beauty lies in the darkest places….”

I can imagine the faces of the people listening, even if the patient enjoyed it.

44 yeah June 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

okay wtf is going on with youtube and indie music…does anybody know? how will this affect cult recordds/the strokes
http://rt.com/usa/166628-youtube-music-band-ban/

dumbass corporations

45 Jay-Z June 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Corporate america is controlled by a group of wealthy known people. All companies that gross billions work together mechanically to keep the wealth coming back into the hands that spend it.

46 Jack Willow June 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I have never commented on here before because everyone is so over analytic and retarded but i just wanted to share a video where you can really make out the lyrics for where no eagles fly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roVAL_vr1Po

47 MJ June 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

^
Being just about the music is not wrong, but if you don’t like it just ignore it and move on. Could have just posted the link for Eric to repost but no you had to insult everybody for attention. Lame.

48 Christian June 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

*** Love HAIM***

Partners In Crime is EPIC ! ! !

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