The Voidz are back in town: Julian Casablancas shared a Warren Fu-directed trailer today announcing their next album, and despite what the name of his record label suggests, the video opens with a disclaimer, saying that it does not “endorse a belief in the occult,” but the message does imply that the following minutes will bear some semblance to “Thriller.”
The clips sees Casablancas and company going to the movies to see a horror flick, which happens to also star the members of the band. They end up bailing on the film before it ends, but the plot seems to follow them even after they leave the theater. The group gets ambushed in a dark alley, and Casablancas get branded with the band’s logo, signifying that the band is officially changing their name from “Julian Casablancas + The Voidz” to simply “The Voidz.”
The yet-to-be-named album is a follow-up to 2014’s Tyranny. The band previously debuted a song called “Wink” on Brazilian television in October—we’ll see if that makes the album.
Watch The Voidz’s cinematic trailer announcing their album and name change below. While we await more details, read up on the forthcoming docuseries for Meet Me in the Bathroom, a book that documents The Strokes, along with other bands that played an integral part in reviving NYC’s rock scene in the 2000s, and revisit our Q&A with author Lizzy Goodman about the book.