After months of slow-building buzz signaling an impending Strokes resurgence, the indie-rock titans have finally confirmed their sixth studio album and first in seven years, The New Abnormal (April 10, Cult/RCA), sharing cinematic, synth-driven lead single “At the Door” and an epic animated music video on Tuesday.
Singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti premiered the “At the Door” video during their performance at a Bernie Sanders rally at the University of New Hampshire on Monday night, also performing another new song called “Bad Decisions,” covering Talking Heads hit “Burning Down the House” and announcing their forthcoming album onstage.
The Strokes recorded The New Abnormal at producer Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios in Malibu. The album’s cover art is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting Bird on Money. The band’s last album was 2013’s Comedown Machine. More recently, they released their Future Present Past EP in 2016.
There have been quite a few breadcrumbs to pick up along the path to the band’s new album. In late 2016, Valensi confirmed their sixth album was “slowly but surely” coming together, and in 2017, Hammond Jr.’s father let it slip that The Strokes were working with Rubin on their new record. Last May, the band live-debuted The New Abnormal’s opening track, “The Adults Are Talking,” during a hometown benefit show in L.A.
The Strokes will play their first U.K. show of the decade at London’s Roundhouse on Feb. 19 before playing a select few North American shows alongside Alvvays and King Princess. Later in the year, they’ll headline a number of festivals, including Shaky Knees in Atlanta and III Points in Miami.
Watch the “At the Door” video (dir. Mike Burakoff) below, and find the details of The New Abnormal and The Strokes’ tour dates further down. You can preorder their new album here.
The New Abnormal Tracklist:
1. The Adults Are Talking
3. Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
4. Bad Decisions
5. Eternal Summer
6. At The Door
7. Why Are Sundays So Depressing
8. Not The Same Anymore
9. Ode To The Mets
The New Abnormal Album Art:
The Strokes Tour Dates:
14—Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
18—Paris, France @ Olympia
19—London, U.K. @ The Roundhouse
24—Belfast, U.K. @Waterfront Hall
05—Vancouver, B.C. @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
09—Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater*
14—Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum*†
(* with Alvvays)
(† King Princess)