Don’t Expect More Tour Dates Or New Music From The Strokes Anytime Soon

The Strokes are scheduled to play London’s Hyde Park later this month, and they’ll follow that with appearances at Washington, DC’s Landmark Festival in September and Austin City Limits in October. After that, Albert Hammond Jr. has no idea. The guitarist, who’s ramping up promotion for his new solo album Momentary Masters, told BBC6 Music (via Gigwise) that the Strokes have no plans to play more shows or record new music after their scheduled dates run out. The quote in question:

I don’t even know if we’re going to play any more shows…I don’t know if London might be our last show, you know what I mean? People think I’m lying but I’m just tired of trying to make some positive spin, but I’ve got no idea. So I take each one like it’s my last and I hold and I cherish it.

Does that mean the Strokes are breaking up? Not necessarily; they’ve gone on long hiatuses before, and given that Julian Casablancas said he was working on new Strokes songs earlier this year, it may just be a classic communication breakdown. Or maybe the Voidz’ version of “Vision Of Division” was just too much for Hammond to handle. In any case, he’s not pleased with people taking his comments out of context; the implication was clearly that the Strokes are such a chaotic enterprise that it could fall apart at any time.