The Strokes will reportedly begin working on Strokes VI in June (w/ update)

by Eric Van Dril · 430 comments

Small update: I’ve heard from people who have met three different Strokes in recent weeks, including the following encounter with Niko, and they’ve said that The Strokes said they’re currently working on new stuff. It doesn’t sound like they’re in the recording phase, just collaborating and working on new material. UPDATE OVER

Reader Tannk — or Josh, as I like to call him — ran into Nikolai at the Har Mar show last night.

I’ll let him explain the rest…

I am at the Har Mar show in NYC and met Har mar and talked to him
For a while.. He’s super chill..
I was walking to the Bathroom and ran into Nikolai!!!
I talked to him for a while and he’s sooo nice.
I said I was disapointed they didn’t tour after CM and he said he said was too.
I also asked about new music and he said they will be recording in June.
Har Mar and Nikolai both said Jules may be coming later so I hope I can meet him too!
This is the best night of my life! I’m so happy to finally meet a stroke after being a fan since day 1 and NYC resident my whole life.
I got a picture with Nikolai that I will show you guys later..

And here’s the picture:

This fits with what Devendra Banhart said way back in March — thanks for keeping up with all the latest on Devendra, Wolfsie — that Fab wouldn’t be able to tour with him during the summer because of commitments with The Strokes. Here’s Banhart’s quote…

What are your tour plans for this album?

May 3rd, the tour begins in the US. Then there’s a little break and we’re going to do Europe. It’s Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbeck, and Todd “Cadillac Slim” Dahlhoff, and [The Strokes’] Fab Moretti, actually, playing drums. And Rodrigo Morente is going to be playing with us and also playing in his band. And when we do Europe, it’ll be the same setup, but I think a different drummer, because the Strokes record will be out by then. Old and new stuff, and maybe, like, a cover. I don’t know yet! I’m thinking about … I don’t know.

I think Banhart assumed — I hesitate to assume anything, but that’s what I’m going to do in this situation — that the band was going to start touring Comedown Machine. Instead, it appears the band has chosen to replace the typical months-long touring process with working on new songs. Exciting!

So it appears — and granted, things often change with the Strokes — as if the fifth record was done quickly to fulfill the RCA  contract. It also appears as if a regular tour has been replaced by working on new songs in order to keep the band’s momentum going. Also, it appears as if the band is in a healthy place and feeling positive moving into the future.

Strokes fans are the best.

UPDATE: Amanda de Cadenet, Nick’s wife, weighed in last night. She initially responded to the question of “What d’you know about that rumor of another album from the strokes? Is it real?” by saying “Not real.” Then, she clarified what she meant regarding a new album being released…


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1 Wolfsie June 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

This is just the most amazing post!! I’m speechless! But I’m really really happy for both of you. And you got the best photos of Julian in such a long time and photos of him and Albert. Amazing!

2 Annie 1251 June 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Errrybody! 🙂 MA did such a great job at describing our wonderful day – I just had a couple of things to add.

I just can’t stress enough how friendly Julian, Sam & Jeanette were to us. They are such classy, awesome people. We really were the only two “outsiders”. Everyone else was very close friends or family.
When we first walked into the reception, we were like “Okay, we’ll just get Sam’s signature and then go.” But they all welcomed us so much-Sam actually asked if we had to “rush off” or could we stay for a while (holy shit!) that by the end of the day I thought they were going to invite us over for a family dinner. LOL!

All those interviews where Julian is grumpy or on the defense with a nasty interviewer does not prepare you for how casual, gracious and funny he is. And when he talks to you he is genuinely interested in what you are saying. And we really did talk with him a few times. I suppose he just felt so comfortable with the group there – it was all people that he knew so well. and us. lol.
We just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

The thing that was the strangest (besides the whole entire freaking DAY) was that everybody seemed so touched that we came from “out of state” to see Sam’s film. Julian in particular was interested in which part of PA I am from. I was thinking “Why are we talking about freaking PA – let’s talk about your amazing life!” But I think the reason everyone was so accepting of us is because we were not acting like crazed Strokes fans. We both genuinely love Sam’s work, and wanted him to sign our books. Julian seemed to appreciate that.

We did have to let Julian know we were fans of him and TS – but we were chill about it. He seemed glad-but of course I wish we could have asked all the Strokes questions that we have all been wondering. It just wasn’t the place for it.

Oh and holy cow Julian is so skinny! I guess he is riding that bike all around NYC! In that heat! It was brutal yesterday!

3 Kinger June 28, 2013 at 8:27 am

@the modern age

First I want to say I am so grateful that you had the time to write that whole ESSAY! I mean GEEZ! Still though, it just goes to show that the fans care about other fans! That’s something special.

Anyway, I think it’s awesome that Julian was very “expressive” and “out-going” because it seemed like he had a great time there even when Albert was there. Sounds like he’s very motivated within The Strokes more than Angles.

4 heyho June 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

this is so awesome!
you girls had a blast! 😀

5 Wolfsie June 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

Annie I think that is what’s so cool about this whole thing – you guys both know a lot about Sam’s work and were there as fans of his. Well done for keeping your cool! You girls totally rock (and you take great photos!)

6 Maya June 28, 2013 at 8:32 am

@Annie and @tma
It’s so amazing how nice they were to you guys

7 the modern age June 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

Thanks guys 🙂 Kinger I was happy to post for y’all. I can’t believe they were thanking US.

8 the modern age June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

I’m glad I got all those pictures too!

9 Ted June 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thanx girls, it sounds like it was a nice day 🙂
Julian is very tall, it’s what i’ve noticed the first time I ‘ve seen him… on stage… lol

10 coconuts June 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

@tma @annie
thank you both so much for sharing the details of your amazing story & all your wonderful photos!!!
you must be floating in another (11th?) dimension of happiness after such a fantastic day 🙂
i had tix but ended up unable to go (someone please shoot me in the head haha)
are you 2 both from the same state?

11 SAS June 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

Wow @themodernage & @annie – you lucky things, WHAT an amazing experience!!! So envious, both of you meeting JC and Albert and also of seeing Sam’s film and meeting him – like you I first looked him up after hearing about his work from JC but have been a fan since then – and can’t wait until the film gets put up on YouTube…..thanks so much for sharing and for all those lovely pics …..AND you got to see Jules without those blasted sunnies….’uniform’…grr….. xxx

12 SAS June 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

OK so it’s major envy day – just got an email from my sister’s phone – she’s at Glastonbury and got down the front to watch Haim earlier today, said they did a great set….and is now busy having a few beers before heading down to get good places for the Arctic Monkeys….meanwhile I’m cooking supper for the kids…Bummer!!

13 SAS June 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

Woops, my mistake, another text, she is having a few beers whilst waiting for The Vaccines to start ….

14 Matt June 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

I’m especially glad that you guys didn’t go in there as Strokes fans, but as fans of Sam.

15 Wolfsie June 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

Bummer! I read your posts as I was cooking dinner for my kids – it’s all party here too!! But I am seeing Arctic Monkeys in November so that’s something (even though its not the Strokes nor is it meeting Julian!)

16 Anahi June 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

@tma Im really cry of emotion when I read that! Im so happy for you! This is like a dream, and the good ones! Congrats!!!!!!!

17 lol June 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

man julians clothing is cracking me up

18 the modern age June 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Thanks everybody! 😀

@coconuts, I’m from MD and Annie is from PA.

19 H June 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

ModernAge and Annie, I can’t think of more knowledgeable and dedicated fans to meet Julian and his family in a private setting than you gals so I’m really glad it happened to the both of you rather than anyone else (even me! cos I would have followed Julian like a lost puppy).

Julian seems so relaxed plus you actually got an actual convo with him AND the family? Definitely the best Julian encounter ever. Daresay it even makes up for Le Strokes silence with the media..cos who cares about rehash of same old lame interview questions when we got an actual fan’s account 😀

20 Sean June 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hey guys!

A lot of you have given me great feedback on songs I’ve posted on the message boards, so if anyone would be kind enough to support my band, you can here:

I appreciate all the support guys, you’re the best!

21 Nicki June 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

@the modern age: holy mother of god!!!!! That’s about all my brain can come up with after reading your story… Wow

22 the modern age June 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Awww H, thanks 🙂 Nicki, me too! Thanks everyone. And thanks Annie I’m so glad we met and went together!

23 LillySu June 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

@Annie & @the modern age
Girls, you are the best! Thanx for all the details! I feel like I was there… LYG!

24 Sarah June 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

This is a super sweet review, you really make people want to discover Sam Adoquei’s work (I especially like the way he renders colors in his paintings). Well done girls !

25 "stroked" June 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for sharing!
Love from Germany

26 the modern age June 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

LYG too LS 🙂
Sarah, Sam is really amazing. He’s very wise and talented, and he and Julian really love each other <3

27 SAS June 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

@Wolfsie – glad I’m not alone! Besides sitting with a drink watching AM on BBC2 right now – bloody brilliant (and very comfortable on my sofa!!!)

28 heather June 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I posted this on the new thread, but wanted to share it here to.These are some of the best fan encounters that I have ever read from any fandom! This was the coolest thing ever to read! Annie and The Modern Age, you ladies have had such an amazing and special experience that so many of us could only dream of having and I’m sure you will cherish that forever. Thanks so much for sharing your stories and your photos with us. I really appreciate it!

29 AtticusEff June 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

WOW! That sounds so amazing! It really sounds like a once in a lifetime thing. You guys actually got to hang out with Jules and his family in a somewhat intimate setting. How many Strokes fans can actually say that? It’s cool that they were so gracious and hospitable to you guys. It would have broke my heart to hear that they were all dicks or rude or something. I think it actually was kinda brave of you guys to go to New York in the hopes of meeting someone you admire. If it were me I would have shit a brick once I realized that the screening was kind of an intimate family affair type deal. Congratulations you guys. You’re true fans and I’m glad that you had such a great time.

30 Berat December 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I LOVE YOU FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS!!!!I remembered that stwaeer from that movie, I’ve been trying to find a photo of it, and I’ve googled the crap out of it, and could never find one (my web skillz are seriously lacking).Anyway, the point of this is, I’ve been on the hunt for a stwaeer like that from the movie, and I’m one hundred percent jealous/in love with your top.

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