As we mentioned, the Strokes have announced they’ll be headlining this year’s Lollapalooza, and will have a new LP out in September. But as a few of you noticed when we posted the Strokes’s in-the-studio video, Julian Casablancas was a no-show. In this pair of interviews with ABC’s Dan Harris and NBC’s Brian Williams, Casablancas is upfront about both why he isn’t in the studio with his bandmates, why they’re breaking their hiatus to go on tour, and the state of the Strokes:
That wasn’t just a moment of weakness. Casablancas told NBC’s less-convincing hipster newsman Brian Williams something similar during their recent interview:
He’s faintly optimistic about the upcoming shows: “I think things might go smoother than ever, but things might explode. But so far so good.” As Casablancas observed last summer in an interview with The Independent, “We see each other semi-regularly. There are no tensions. But you know, a band is a good way to break up a friendship.”
Note: Stephen Malkmus has been just as honest about reuniting Pavement. Here’s what he said about it to Chuck Klosterman in GQ:
Our booking agent had a lot to do with it. He’s been pushing for it for a while. … Will it be fun for us? Will people in the audience have fun? Who knows? It’s not like I’m gagging to get out there and play those songs, but I am curious to see what it will be like, and I’m curious to see the other guys and watch them play onstage again. I’m assuming it’s going to be fun.
It’s probably no coincidence that both Malkmus and Casablancas have newborns (Casablancas had a kid this month, Malkmus had his second late last year). Extra responsibilities get you thinking a little more shrewdly. So if you’re reuniting strictly for money, be as cynical as possible about it. It’s the most honest thing you can do, maybe next to not reuniting at all. So, does knowing why The Strokes or Pavement are touring this summer make it less exciting?