It sure didn’t take long for the band behind this year’s Comedown Machine to make their comeback to the recording studio. In their latest fan email newsletter titled “Fall 2013 Update,” The Strokes prefaced their promotion of guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s new solo album by saying that they are “toiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene.”
Could this be a sign of new material to come? More new music from the Strokes seems all the more plausible following bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s recent assertion that the band has no plans to promote their 2013 release with a tour any time soon.
As for Hammond, whose new EP AHJ came out last week, working with the Strokes earlier this year has provided him with a new lease on life following a heroin scare that had his bandmates fearing for his life. “I wasn’t going to kill myself on purpose,” he said in a recent interview with The Talks. “But you reach a point where you really just don’t see it and you just don’t care.”
A new album next year wouldn’t be an impossibility for the Strokes, though it would be somewhat of a surprise for a band that normally goes several years between albums.