Listen: The Strokes — ‘Drag Queen’

by Eric Van Dril · 29 comments

The track debuted on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show. Thoughts?

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1 Stephen Stills May 26, 2016 at 10:03 am

What a great song, I really like the vocals. Who do you think wrote this?

2 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

Really feel that Julian wrote this one, with Fab and Nick.

3 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 10:05 am

Now we wait for Threat of Joy. Supposedly all songs are stream able today.

4 Blooood May 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

Where does it say the whole ep is streaming today?

5 asd May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am



6 Anthony L. May 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

Is there something wrong with me if I disliked both songs?

7 Tiff May 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

Damn, I love both tracks. Pleasantly surprised. And I’m sure I’ve misheard some lyrics already but oh well..

8 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am
9 Brian Wallace May 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

“The Strokes will also set up a pop-up shop in New York from May 30th through June 5th at 352 Bowery in New York City, open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There will be a special midnight release sale for Future Present Past on June 2nd, while special DJ sets will also be announced soon.”


10 Justin May 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

Que vocales tan buenos, excelente canción

11 Dillon May 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

Hmmmmm very nice surprise today. I like both songs although this one seems a bit odd as the opener for a three song ep and first new material in three years. But the good news is that it looks like this ep is just to tide over fans until an album is finished. And it was truly nice to see them all in the same room, a stereo gum commenter said it best “I needed a video of them enjoying each other’s company as much as I needed new music”

12 Dillon May 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

Also if the title of the album is an indication the third song will probably be more “classic” strokes vibe

13 Dan May 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

I like Oblivius better. Drag Queen sounds more like the Voidz stuff.

14 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

Oblivius reminds me of Room on Fire

15 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

Seems like that Fantano reviewer guy seems to always hate the Strokes

16 Geer May 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

@Kinger Nonsense, he liked Angles when it was released. He loves Is This It and probably digs Room on Fire to a lesser extent.

17 Mikey B May 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

To be honest I feel like I am underwhelmed by both of these two tracks. Not to say they are horrible, just not what I was hoping for/wanted.

Oblivius: 8/10. Easily the better of the two songs. The instrumentation is unreal and the breakdown and guitar solo are both really really good. I just really wish Julian would stop mixing his vocals so deeply in the track, it makes the song less catchy and also harder to fully get into.

Drag queen 5 or 6/10. The song also has a better instrumentation then it has mixing, but the instrumentation isn’t as catchy as the previous song. Once again Julian uses the Mixing thing as a disadvantage which ends up ruining the somg.

I felt like my biggest issue with the Voidz was the vocal mixing of the songs on the album, and with this EP it sounds like he is doing more of the same. I am hoping that the last song has clearer vocals, that is really all I am asking for at this point.

18 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

19 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 11:27 am


20 Alfr May 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

Wtf was that drag queen song. freaking disappointment. Somebody needs to slap Julian in the face and tell him that his voice is beautiful and he doesn’t need to have that heavy production in his vocals, also they need to have a talk with him and explain him that his in a band, call the strokes, not the Voidz.

21 fukdat May 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

The strokes… a band with nothing to lose and more to gain, delivering mediocre releases.

Compare this to Radiohead ‘s new releases and the strokes’ releases are sub-par

this EP sounds like a stupid dmeo by a band TRYIN to sound like the strokes like some users here posts songs of their bands like that auidbot band

22 soma May 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

it’s all on spotify now for anyone that missed it

23 Melodica03 May 26, 2016 at 11:52 am

Threat of Joy sounded really cool. Definitely had that classic Strokes vibe.

Also Julian gave a little interview afterwards and said will be more Strokes music if the collective will allows it. Pretty cryptic as usual. But I have a feeling more music is to come.

Cult records has been crashing all day. I assume from the volume of hits because of the Strokes. Definitely need to fix that. Especially if they release a full length LP.

24 Kinger May 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

Man, I haven’t been here for a long time and I’m noticing a lot more people mad about this band instead of being grateful that they’re still together and making music for us. I don’t understand it.

25 Brian Wallace May 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Listen, I’m probably in the minority hear but I’m a not one of those “everything Radiohead releases is GENIUS.” I think that’s one of the biggest myths around. “Radiohead can do no wrong.” Supposedly, EVERYTHING they release is 100/10, A++++, “perfect”.

In reality, some of it is the most pretentious, navel-gazing BORING music I’ve ever heard. And it’s indistinguishable. In a blind listening test, could YOU tell the difference between track 4 on “King Of Limbs” and track 5 on “In Rainbows?”

Anyone, who starts in on how “Radiohead are the greatest” and how perfect they are, I think to myself: “This person is really naive and doesn’t know much about music and only wants to appear hip and cool.”

Radiohead. Don’t believe the hype. When they actually wrote tunes (“The Bends”, “OK Computer”) I can understand the hype. But not now. You’re being deluded.


26 FrenchConnection May 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

putain de fuck but “Drag Queen” is so badass, trop la classe, really too class
genre the drum in the begining : too class too badass, and then the sound Joy Div’ New Order-alike, Voidz-alike, 90’s alike and all and the strange half-chorus (chorus ? not chorus ? no idea, but it’s so cool) and the strange voice at the end wow j’adore

but the intro, the begining, with the drum : an unbelievable class

“Oblivius”, j’adore also, most emotional, particulary the second party, with the guitar solo, the electronica truc and the falsetto and all and it’s beautiful (Albert is the “site foreman”, i think, on this song)

and the title – “Future Present Past” – is perfect, and the cover is nicely minimal and fresh)

but yep : i want to be the “Drag Queen” intro (but not specially drag queen haha just the intro) and damn it’s a good day quand même i’m happy

27 LeavingIt May 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Having a hard time keeping up (I’m supposed to be working, after all), so sorry if this has already been posted, but this link should take you straight to the BBC phone interview with Julian, plus ‘Threat Of Joy’ and ‘OBLIVIUS’. (Without actually counting, anyone want to take a guess at how many times he says, “I don’t know”?)

JC: “The idea was if we can get our stuff together and do a record then we’d wanna do more proper tours and not just festivals.”
AM: “And is that what you’re trying to do? Do an album again?”
JC: “Yeah, we’ll see. We haven’t really…. If we can all… If the collective will can be summoned and corralled.”

The siren in the background was classic.

28 j May 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

@leavingIt thanks for the link!

yall its a happy day. I love drag queen the best actually, but also a voidz fan so that makes sense. Whatever, just so happy to hear new shit. This is great.

29 lettuce-face May 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

@Brian Wallace

Still keepin’ it douchey.

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