The Strokes Tease 2014 Return
If you’ve been missing the Strokes since ‘Comedown Machine’ — which landed in March of this year — fear not. In a newsletter to fans, the NYC rockers have announced plans to return in the coming year.
“Hey folks, while the Strokes are toiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene…” the letter opens.
Later in the email, the group encourages readers to grab guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s brand-new EP, ‘AHJ,’ which arrived Oct. 8 on Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records. ‘AHJ’ follows Hammond's 2008 sophomore solo album ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’
The letter didn’t reveal any further details or what “return to the scene” entails, but it may spark a glimmer of hope in fans, who were undoubtedly disappointed when the band didn’t tour in support of ‘Comedown Machine.’
The month before ‘Machine’’s release, bassist Nikolai Fraiture revealed in an interview with the BBC Radio 1 show that no tour dates had been set. He added that the recording of their fifth album was “touch and go” at first.
Nevertheless, in Sept. 2013, Hammond told Radio 1 the Strokes are in it for the long haul, and that he could see the band recording another 10 albums. This, coupled with today’s news of a 2014 return, means we certainly haven’t heard the last of what these beloved NYC rockers have to offer.