The Redemption Of Julian Casablancas
My colleagues, you might’ve heard, didn’t much like what they heard when Julian Casablancas + The Voidz played the Fader Fort at SXSW. So I was bracing myself for disappointment too. “This music is meant to alienate all the right people,” Casablancas told us. Instead, Julian and the boys throttled me with the kind of all-out rock ‘n’ roll assault I didn’t realize he was capable of anymore, louder and more kinetic than the Fader show in every way. The Voidz’s sound suggests Casablancas has finally figured out how to successfully meld songwriting that evokes early Strokes with the discordant harmonies and digital exoskeleton he’s been toying with ever since. When his voice reaches a static-enhanced roar over some exultant chord progression of his own making, it is still spine-tingling.