The Strokes are a band that defined 2000's indie. Along with British acts like Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines, The Strokes ushered in a new era of ass-kicking, genre-defining indie rock.
They went away in 2013 after "Comedown Machine" and lead singer Julian Casablancas invented some folding electric bicycle and released a solo album. Guitarist Albert Hammond Junior released some solo stuff too.
But honestly, nothing compares to The Strokes. That kind of synergy doesn't come around rock and roll often. And now, amid reports of a headlining gig at The Governor's Ball NYC and South X Southwest, a new single is on the horizon.
There are a lot of rumors out there. One is that the Strokes all hate each other. Julian Casablancas went on record saying that the guys didn't want to work with him. The guys went on record saying that Casablancas was difficult, alcoholic, whatever. Things looked about as unlikely as a Libertines reunion (which also happened mind you.)
During a Reddit AMA organizers of the Governor's Ball said they had picked the band because they'd (hopefully) be supporting a new album. This will be the first new material for the Strokes in over half a decade. For fans though, it seems like forever!
Late 2015 marked rumors of the band in the studio, and they turned out to be true.