Scans From The ‘NME’ World Exclusive About The Strokes (Spoiler: They Love Each Other Again)

by Eric Van Dril · 49 comments

As is almost always the case with British magazines, thank you to Lou at for buying and scanning the article. Please go to her site if you have an afternoon free. To see the full size image, simply click on the picture.

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1 lyn February 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

thanks for the uplaods, man!

2 Olivia February 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

They are making me such a happier person with all this news!!! I LOVE THAT THEY LOVE EACHOTHER!! Watching videos from the First Impressions tour is depressing as hell, I need this!!

3 Mike February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

so there are definitely synths on this record? cool

4 maria February 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I like that Julian looks like he’s giving a sneaky thumb’s up in the picture, like a wink to the readers. It’s kind of hard to tell if they’re saying they get on because that’s what the fans want or because they really do – when i started reading the article i got so excited because that seemed to be the case but by the end of it I was a little less convinced. I think they stuck in one too many references to “image” and “what the fans want”. I also thought Nick’s comment towards the end of the article about Julian being able to walk away from any responsibility if the album bombed was very revealing. That’s exactly what i was scared about, and was worried when Julian didn’t seem too interested in promoting the album – though he seems to have got into it recently. Julian’s also the only one who seemed to want to differentiate which songs he had written himself from the rest of the ones on the album whereas none of the rest of the band were interested in pointing that out. Anyway, that crap aside, i thought the comments about the album sounded really interesting – some of the tracks sound really exciting. Although the interviewer seemed impressed, he didn’t exactly seem blown away by it all but, as someone on here was saying before, maybe this album will just be the stepping stone to a greater 5th album.

5 maria February 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I’d love to see a video interview with all five of them together in the same room, at the same time. Why the hell are they so against that? Ever since FIoE they started this crap and it’s so annoying because you can’t see any interaction between them or hear them engage with each other.

6 Pierina February 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

This article makes me so happy. I read it on my phone at work and just so much excitement is just shining out of me :D. The 22nd of March is so darn close.

7 wolfman February 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

will anyone have access to the “time for heroes” special on NME TV this Fri?

8 Brian Wallace February 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

So I guess the mystery is solved. “Radio Minor Madness” = “Games”?

Brian Wallace

9 DJS February 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

new album sounds so intriguing.

10 Max February 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Julian just tweeted they’re playing Madison Square Garden April 1st. Tix on sale 2/25. If only I had the $

11 Rick February 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

They should record footage of that MSG gig and put that shit on dvd.

12 Luke February 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

“Heart in a Cage’s gothic cousin?” I thought Heart in a Cage was the gothic cousin…

13 lyn February 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

@Luke those were my thoughts exactly as i read that

14 kere February 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

IM SO AT THE MSG GIG! It’ll be my fisrt strokes concert, as i was too young to go 5 years ago! My cousin told me about it and I had to collect myself, i couldn’t speak!

15 kere February 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm


16 Nick February 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

hell yes, finally i will see the strokes! april fool’s day!

17 Bobby February 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Really curious how some of these songs end up sounding after NME’s impressions. I’m cautiously optimistic. I thought the 3rd album was a big letdown, especially from a production standpoint. Still a pretty good album but the production makes it hard to listen to on some songs.

18 Deirg February 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

HELL YEAH!!!! First strokes concert EVER at MSG!!! And maybe snl too!!! god this is amazing…best news ever! Thanks Eric, this post made my life 😀

19 Cris February 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

@ Deirg, dnt forget the vegas show

20 Deirg February 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Dude, I wish I could go to that show, but I live allll the way over in New York haha! I just mean it’s gonna be my first Strokes show 🙂

21 Cris February 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I see, haha, the MSG show is gonna be bad ass though. I wish I can go to that one too. But the Vegas show will do just fine =] its a 4hr drive but it will be worth it

22 Steph February 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thank you, Lou for the scans! Your site is super badass. I truly loved this article and the pics. Reading those descriptions of the songs makes me craaazy excited for the album. It sounds like it’s going to be soo different, so interesting…like to the point where we will all probably have to listen to it at least 5 times right when we get it before going back to our jobs, school, real lifes, etc. Julian to Nick: “See you on stage in a few months!” -that Jules…such a great sense of humor. He loves messing with people. Nikolai’s heart-shaped shades make him look like even more of a BAMF. Albert’s pose in the group shot made me laugh out loud. I love it all! Also, i know this is totally irrelevant and obvious and whatevs, but it’s really funny to see how they’ve all changed if you look at a group shot from 2001/2002 and then look at these.

23 Steph February 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

^real lives. not lifes. oh geez.

24 MP February 16, 2011 at 1:46 am
25 thevigilanteoflove February 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

This is a great article. I wish there was a place I could buy this magazine at a stand somewhere. Does anybody know if they sell individual NME issues in the US? I’d love to buy this one.

26 annie February 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

Thanks for posting these. Just saw that Lou at She’s Fixing has an extended version of the Zane Lowe interview on her twitter account:

27 annie February 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

Sorry, i forgot to add the second part;

28 Lili April 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I really don’t believe this article. Before they were getting along, here they’re superduper happy, and in the recent Spin article they’re not sure anymore?
I’ll just appreciate that they’re back together again.

29 hollyyy June 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

Delayed,but this is such a good article compared to Q. When I first got Q I was so depressed because it sounded as if the strokes were falling apart.Plus it sucks being in Aussie you get everything so delayed 😛

30 Eeee November 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

Awsome : )

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