Media: Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Spin’s Photoshoot With The Strokes

by Eric Van Dril · 35 comments

Spin has posted an excerpt from its cover story about The Strokes and the story is pretty great.

It begins with an exploding deer as the author travels to Albert’s house in the Catskills and the excerpt, which you can read here, also includes a section with Fab.

(By the way, Fab’s description of the record is EXACTLY how I feel. It explains why I simultaneously really enjoy Angles, but don’t find myself listening to it more than once or twice in one day.)

There’s also a brief behind-the-scenes video of The Strokes’ Spin photo shoot at the bottom of the first page. It includes an interview with all five members of the band. I can’t embed the video, so you’ll just have to check it out at the link listed above.

The Spin issue with The Strokes on the cover comes out on March 22, the same day as Angles.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 O_O March 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

the new banner is…kinda disturbing.

2 Eric Van Dril March 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

It’s either brilliant or terrible. I haven’t decided.

3 siobhan March 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

hahahaaaaha i love the new banner!!!

4 jpgs March 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

definitely brilliant eric.

5 Anthony March 16, 2011 at 2:37 am

God it’s awful

6 olo March 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

God it’s awful [2]

7 Sianna March 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

I think is hilarious.

8 Sianna March 16, 2011 at 4:13 am


9 Karl Fredrik March 16, 2011 at 4:42 am


10 alan March 16, 2011 at 5:10 am

you should but all the members

11 Piss March 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

agree with alan

12 protogyl March 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

fab point of view about the album is a total burst. maybe he is referring to some songs that doesn’t match the way of he plays the drums. from lotsa photos i can see his face and mood that he is actually not as happy or as fun as he used to be. i assume this is his 1st time giving his opinion openly bout the new record and showing that he is not happy with it.

13 thevigilanteoflove March 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

Okay. This comment is totally unrelated to this post at all, but I’ve looked everywhere else I can think of for the answer already? What type of shoes is Julian wearing in the Reptilia video at 2:10?

I am writing a paper for a music in American culture course, and I am discussing The Strokes and the impact that their look and music had on the music industry and American culture, so if anybody knows what type of shoes those are, it would be greatly appreciated.

14 Brianstorm March 16, 2011 at 5:58 am

Sorry, this comment is totally unrelated too…but you want a good new?
The next album, to forget Angles will be out in less than 5 years!!

15 Applesaucer March 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

After listening to the album about 10 times I have to say that, overall, it doesn’t excite me that much. There are some good songs — Machu Picchu is terrific — but, for the most part, I think this album is forgettable. It reminds me a lot of Room On Fire, which had some terrific songs (love Reptilia), but had a really tired, uninspiring feel to it. Not bad songs…just forgettable. Plus, I can’t understand how Fab did not insist on redoing his drum parts on that album.

Just for the record, I loved a few songs on FIOE (I think the first four songs are terrific, particularly the first two) and admire the engineering change-in-direction, but that album could have used some serious editing. Really, it should have been half as long as it was.

Consider that Angles comes on the heels of Julian’s Phrazes for the Young, which was his delayed full-length follow-up to FIOE. Like FIOE, Phrazes is a mess. Worse, unlike FIOE, Phrazes doesn’t even have any great songs — every song is too long, with too much going on and pointless changes of direction. It had the potential to be great — you can hear great stuff buried in there — but as a 4-song, 15-minute EP, rather than an 8 song, 40-minute LP. Plus, like Angles, Julian’s vocals are buried, which I really don’t get considering what a tremendous vocalist he is.

Julian is 32 years + seven months old. Something like that. John Lennon was that age in Spring 1973; Paul McCartney in early ’75. Why do I mention this? Well, both guys were pretty much finished as creative, if not commercial, entities by the time they were Julian’s age. John came out with a couple decent albums of original material after that; I’m not sure if Paul really ever did (even though he sold a lot of records for the next five-or-so years). But at least both guys had about 10 or so album’s worth of great songs under their belt by the time they were punching the clock.

I’m not saying that they couldn’t have recaptured their greatness. But they didn’t. Why not? Well, maybe they had other, better, things to do, like raise families. No shame in that.

Basically, what I am saying is that these guys have blown it, particularly Julian, given his talent. Anybody who could create something as divinely inspired as Is This It has to be supremely talented. When I listen to everything he’s done since I think “this could have been great, but…” or “there are a few great songs but…” or “who is helping him with quality control?” I suspect that it’s not all his fault, however: he doesn’t seem to have the team to help him get where he needs to go. Lennon had McCartney to push and inspire him and help him with melodies; McCartney had Lennon to help him lyrically and save him from his cheesy side (at least for a while he did). And they both had George Martin and his team of engineers to impose a high standard of quality control. The Strokes seemed to have that for Is This It (even though the engineering on that album isn’t all-that-spectacular, it works) — it is inspired and flawless — but not since.

I’m probably talking out of my hat here, but I suspect that Julian knows this. I think he doesn’t want to be the guy who breaks up the band and I think they’ve all got the five-album-commitment hanging over their heads. But based on what I hear on Angles and the interviews I’ve read, I don’t think Julian has distanced himself from this album; meaning: he is not accountable. And if Julian is not accountable, then the Strokes are dead, which is maybe what he wants. Because if he is free to finally do an album exactly as he wants to do it, without having the band’s existence hanging over his head, then maybe he can create his next Is This It.

16 Applesaucer March 16, 2011 at 6:49 am

oops, I see a typo in my over-long comment:

“But based on what I hear on Angles and the interviews I’ve read, I don’t think Julian has distanced himself from this album; meaning: he is not accountable.”

meant to say that I “DO” think that Julian has distanced himself from Angles.

17 Ema March 16, 2011 at 7:24 am
18 C March 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

@Applesaucer: Very well said. Unfortunate, but true.

19 Brian Wallace March 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

I think it’s silly to compare any artist today with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I know this is blasphemous but I don’t consider the Beatles to be the gold standard of rock music. They’re horribly overrated. In my opinion there is NO gold standard in rock music. Not Dylan. Not the Rolling Stones. Not The Beatles . Not Nirvana. Not ABBA. Nobody is the GREATEST IN ROCK HISTORY. No greatest artist. No greatest album. Nobody. And to compare where a given musical artist was at a given age in their life is even more silly. The Beatles were a unique situation. If you’re going to go that route I’ll give you this:

Johnny Marr was 23 years old when The Smiths BROKE UP. That was the average age of The Strokes when they released “Is This It.”

Thank you,

Brian Wallace

20 ERIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

Post this:

It’s the best interview I’ve read. And they’re all together at once.

21 Other Bobby March 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

AWESOME INTERVIEW. That should be posted as a new topic.

22 Eric Van Dril March 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

Posting now.

23 Gabe March 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

the strokes-best band since 98
Zeppelin- arguably best rock n roll band of all time
beatles- most influential musicians of all time
every other artist- they have a number

loving taken for a fool……… is fucking cool-very phrazes for the young……….call me back is rad………………….MP is waay tooo catchy and i love it. solid album….as of now its ranked 3rd, due to a second place tie of room on fire and first impressions…..change is not always bad. and in my opinion they still sound like the Strokes-


24 Agueda March 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

@ Applesaucer

You made some very valid points on your post, but I don’t think it’s fair to say the Strokes are dead. There are other things to take into account. Like when they start touring and how that’s gonna go for them. If it goes bad, then there could be a possiblility of the Strokes being dead. But if it goes well then it culd mean an awesome 5th album. From what’s been said in different interviews, it seems like Angles was a “jumping-off” point.

25 Epic March 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm


Room on Fire forgettable? you have to go listen to it again. Room on Fire was one of the best albums of the decade. It defines the Strokes sound. Not a single bad song, and they all blend perfectly with one another. in 10-20 years people will look back to it and say that, “yeah, that’s the signature Strokes style”. I think it’s slightly, just slightly better than Is This It. I mean damn….. Under Control, Reptilia, Whatever Happened, 12:51, I Can’t Win, Automatic Stop, Between Love & Hate, Meet Me in the Bathroom, The Way It Is, You Talk Way Too Much, just to name a few. All are fucking amazing. Oh, wait, I just realize I named them all. Flawless album.

Angles is fantastic as well, but is too volatile. Some people may get the wrong impression with that and pay less attention to other songs. It’s still a great album, all the new details you notice on each listen make it great. My current favorite is “Two Kinds of Happiness”. It has an averagely decent chorus, but amazing variations and transitions. Not to mentions fantastic guitar play at the end. Those are the kinds of things you don’t notice at the beginning. Metabolism works in the same way.


ROF – 5/5
ITI – 5/5
Angles – 4/5
FIOE – 3.5/5

26 Agueda March 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

and @ Eric

the banner is so awesome.

27 TAW March 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I think its interesting the Albert mentions Twin Shadows as the album he is listening to the most right now because I can definitely hear a little twin shadows in Angles. But that’s the point of this album, and what drives me crazy about some of the comments. I will be thirty in less than 2 months, meaning I was 19/20 and a sophomore in college when ITI came out and these guys were all about my age (or a little older). The thing is, my music tastes have changed/grown as I have gotten older and it is ridiculous to think that for the five members of The Strokes the same wouldn’t hold true. They have all grown up, their lives are different and what they like/dislike has presumably changed much the same way my likes/dislikes have changed in the last decade. I think we all have to look at Angles through this prism and just enjoy the fact that our FAVORITE band is back together and putting out music. If all you want is ITI, then leave this message board and go listen to ITI. Otherwise, take a moment to consider the points I am making and try to enjoy the new sounds, directions and attitudes The Strokes are channeling right now. Besides, after watching the Vegas videos these guys still “got it” live and that is more than enough for me. Proud to say I bought my tickets to Sweetlife today and will be rocking out May 1 with The Strokes in Columbia, MD!

28 TAW March 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Oh and one more point…since a few people have mentioned the Beatles in this discussion, it should be pointed out that to this day there is a HUGE divide between diehard Beatles fans regarding the Beatles 1963-1965/6 and the Beatles 1966-1970. More to the point, in 1965 the Beatles went from Help! to Rubber Soul, and if that isn’t a huge change in direction then the jump from Help! to Rubber Soul to Revolver most DEFINITELY was.

29 kelvin March 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I just read on wikipedia. Room on fire part two???

30 alx. March 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm
31 D March 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

Honestly i cant resist listening to the album on line
But i feel i will enjoy it more when i get the album
But i listened to a part mp it sounds different from the
Past strokes but in a good way:)

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