I won’t do the extremely negative NME-type headlines like I did with the Pitchfork piece that was published on Monday. But, like the Pitchfork piece, the New York Times‘ story about Strokes 2.0 (or 3.0, depending on how you view First Impressions) is also very depressing.
For example, when Julian speaks about Angles, he says: “It’s just to get everyone happy. Operation Make Everyone Satisfied.”
Ugh. Can’t Julian, just once, praise the other members of the band? The NYT piece gets even drearier when it discusses why The Strokes came back together and transitions into discussing Albert’s trip to rehab.
“There was trepidation that we would have been gone from people’s hearts and minds somewhat, and that we would have to kind of start over again at a lower level,” Mr. Valensi said. Around 2007 he, Mr. Fraiture and Mr. Moretti returned to the studio. “We were trying to, by example, get the ball rolling,” Mr. Fraiture said.
By 2009, he added, “it was kind of the last ditch — either this is happening, or it’s not.” What drew them too was their five-record contract with RCA; “Angles” is the fourth under that deal. All five members finally returned to the Music Building — where they’ve had dingy rehearsal spaces for a decade — to write, giving periodic thumbs-up updates about their progress. But soon enough Mr. Casablancas went back on tour to promote his solo album. And just as they were to begin recording, Mr. Hammond had to leave.
“I went to rehab,” Mr. Hammond said. “I just kind of hid, in drugs — a lot of drugs. I had to go fix myself.”
That Albert has admitted he has a problem and is being open about it must be considered a positive. It’s followed by a hilarious quote from Nick about Nikolai chopping wood, but then it gets depressing once again…
Mr. Casablancas eventually weighed in. “I would say roughly 60 percent of what they did I thought was rad and I didn’t touch, and then 40 percent I would either alter it or it got left behind,” he said. “I try to keep a high standard.” He wrote and recorded lyrics independently, borrowing lines from his band mates occasionally, and trying to maintain that equilibrium. Having a solo outlet helps.
“I think ‘collaboration Strokes’ is more on the side of just poppy than what I am interested in personally,” he added. “I’ll take what I can get, so I’m happy.” (Not totally. Asked if he was excited about touring, Mr. Casablancas said no. He was most animated talking about raising his infant son; he and his wife, Juliet, prefer “co-sleeping” to having a crib.)
(Thanks to Patrick for the link)
Update: Here‘s an interview with Nikolai from a French website. Updated