Yeah, these are 10 years old, but I’d never seen these videos before tonight and they’re incredible.
The embed option is unfortunately disabled by for Is This It, which is the second song in the set. In the interest of continuity, you can click here and watch the entire set in order without touching anything (just let the videos load on their own).
Almost every time I watch videos of The Strokes in 2001, the thing that stands out isn’t drunk Julian or what they’re wearing or any of that extraneous garbage people seem to focus on. I constantly think about what it would have been like to see them on that first tour — when they’re the it band, but still playing clubs — and hear a song like The Modern Age or Someday or Trying Your Luck or New York City Cops for the first time. I mean, can you imagine…
The way The Strokes delivered the 13 songs they played on November 14, 2001 in Philly is undeniable. The songs may not be perfect, but the band, in that moment in time, was.