Published Jul 06, 2010Since late 2008, New York rockers the Strokes have been dropping hints about their upcoming fourth album. Over a year ago, frontman Julian Casablancas mentioned that the new songs had a "'70s vibe, like Thin Lizzy or Elvis Costello." Interrupted by rehab and various solo albums, we were beginning to doubt that the album would ever exist. Then, a ray of light came with the announcement that the Strokes were shooting for a September release date on their new album. Unfortunately, that goal simply wasn't unrealistic, as they've now said not to expect it until next year.
Speaking with BBC 6 Music, Casablancas said that despite his best intentions, the album is only "halfway done."
"We wanted to do it for months, or maybe a year now," he admitted. "And we keep thinking, 'Okay, we'll do it, for like these three weeks and then we'll be done.' And then we do it and we decide that we're not done, or something comes in the way."
The new timeframe being thrown around for the Stroke's fourth album is March 2011. By then, however, we won't be surprised if the album is delayed another few years as it slowly becomes a hipster's Chinese Democracy.
Rather than pack themselves into the studio, though, the Strokes have decided to drop some international festival dates, including stops at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
7/27 Perth, AU - On the Bright Side Festival
7/29 Sydney, AU - Hordern Pavilion
7/30 Melbourne, AU - Festival Hall
7/31 Woodford, AU - Splendour in the Grass
8/6 Chicago, IL - Lollpalooza
8/14 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
10/8 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits