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Despite releasing an album this year (the falsetto filled, 80s-inspired Comedown Machine), it has been a relatively quiet year for The Strokes. There was no tour behind the album and almost zero press as well. In fact, the most we heard out of any of The Strokes was via Har Mar Superstar’s podcast in which he interviewed guitarist Albert Hammond Jr and singer Julian Casablancas and pretty much avoided the fact that they had a new record out. Fans were confused to say the least, especially when Albert Hammond Jr announced his own solo EP (titled AHJ) earlier this fall.
At this point, it seems like The Strokes are intent on confusing their fans as much as they possibly can. Earlier this week, Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina both announced their line-ups. While impressively grabbing big names such as Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix and Soundgarden, they also quietly announced the return of Julian Casablancas’s solo material. Whereas most band on the festival’s website have a full page dedicated to describing the band and providing links to their songs, Casablancas’s page is just two images: a new promo shot of him in a studio and potentially a new logo for a new project with no additional text or really any explanation behind returning to his solo project.
With that in mind, nothing has been officially been announced, though speculation is around him releasing some amount of new music (possibly an EP like his colleague) and bringing the tour to America in time for Coachella. Keep in mind, all speculation, but I’m sure we’ll hear some news soon.