Published Mar 30, 2009The Strokes have begun work on their work on their fourth album, which at this point has a "'70s vibe" and may or may be out before the end of 2009.
Speaking to Rolling Stone's Smoking Section blog, front-man Julian Casablancas said the band already have three new songs written for the yet-untitled new record and so far this follow-up to 2006's First Impressions of Earth is on course.
"I would say it's going great. We have a lot of work to do, though," he said. "Some of the new stuff has a '70s vibe, like Thin Lizzy or Elvis Costello. But then some of it is bizarre music from the future that we're trying to tone down to sound catchy. So we're trapped between the future and the '70s."
As previously reported, the Strokes have been working on the record in their New York City rehearsal space since February, and according to Casablancas, the any in-fighting has been kept to a minimum.
"We didn't used to be honest - there would always be mini-feuds over stupid shit," Casablancas said. "Now, if Nick [Valensi] and Fab [Moretti] or anyone are saying they like it fast or slow, we'll talk about it, as opposed to saying, 'Well, I never liked you sister.'"
And while the rehearsals going well, the group's manager Ryan Gentles explained that the new album's release may still be quite a ways off.
"No recording studio time has been booked yet, as they sketch out the blueprints of new songs and fine-tune plans in their rehearsal space, but it will undoubtedly be all mapped out and etched in stone at some point in the not-too-distant future," Gentles wrote in a mail-out to fans. "I wish I could tell you that this definitely meant we can expect an album release date before the end of 2009, but it's just too soon to speculate on that for sure yet. One way or another...suffice to say, the work has begun!"