Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi spoke with Rolling Stone about the Strokes’ forthcoming 10-song album, tentatively titled Angles. It’s their first collection since 2006. (It’s due out in March.) Hammond tells RS that the title describes “what the record sounds like. It comes from five different people,” suggesting that everyone contributed to the songwriting process. They recorded most of the album in Hammond’s upstate NY studio after tossing out the Joe Chiccarelli sessions. (“Life Is Simple” is the one remaining song from the time spent with JC.) Other song titles mentioned include “Taken For A Fool,” “Call Me Back,” “Radio Minor Madness,” and “Machu Picchu.” More importantly, the article’s author, David Fricke, had this to day about the record’s sound:
“Taken for a Fool,” “Life Is Simple” and the probable first single, “Undercover of Darkness,” are reassuring displays of the Strokes’ feral-garage dynamics. But Angles is the best album the Strokes have made since Is This It because of the stylistic depth and progressive excitement in those crisscross guitars, the tightly wound rhythms and Casablancas’ dry trademark croon. The stabbing guitars in “Machu Picchu” mimic the staccato beep of synthesizers, then become a rough wall of jangle over a hip-hop grind, as if the Strokes are cutting a Jay-Z track via the Rolling Stones’ Aftermath.
“Angles” is out 3/22 via RCA The band also plans to tour this year, but Hammond remains cautious, or at least doesn’t want people getting too excited too fast: “We want to come back strong but slowly, so we can grow live and also make new music. We want to release albums quicker.” Valensi adds: “I don’t want to make an album every five years … I love being in this band, and I want it to be a career thing. It’s so worth it — for all of us.” Then they hugged.
The article officially appears in the 2/3 issue of Rolling Stone. You can check it out at RollingStone.com.