By Amanda Wicks
Earlier this year, The Strokes seemed like they might be working on their sixth studio album, but instead the band dropped a three-track EP Future Present Past. Now, though, it sounds as though they’re getting closer to releasing the full-length follow up to their 2013 album, Comedown Machine.
Guitarist Nick Valensi spoke with DIY about new music. “We are slowly but surely working on an album,” he said. “I don’t know when it’s going to be released, we’re kind of just in writing sessions. We’re writing.” If it sounds like it’s still in the early draft stages, Valensi clarified, “I’m actually in New York at the moment, at a studio in New York for that.”
Valensi shared that The Strokes planned on releasing new music in 2017, but wanted to keep things as quiet as possible. In reality, they’d be completely fine with a surprise drop. Valensi spoke with NME earlier in 2016, and explained, “If I start saying a lot now, people get too excited. Then there’s all this hype you’ve got to compete with, and that’s not fun. If anything, I’d rather just pull a Beyoncé at some point next year and just drop s—.”
Be on the lookout in the new year.