Two years ago, the Strokes' first album set off the New York Rock explosion -- their second arrives into the resulting inferno. Room on Fire, the follow-up to Is This It, will be released on October 21st.
After scrapping initial sessions with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the five-piece worked again with It producer Gordon Raphael. But Room On Fire trades in some of its predecessor's roughshod sloppiness for calculated musicianship. "We spent a lot of time looking for specific sounds," drummer Fabrizio Moretti told Rolling Stone.
Fire's eleven songs include the rave-up "Meet Me in the Bathroom," a live standard, but also tinges of reggae and the soul ballad "Under Control" -- "our first more mellow song," according to guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.
The Strokes are planning a run of club dates in advance of the album's release, as well as a month-long Tuesday-night residency on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in November.
Room on Fire track listing:
What Ever Happened?
You Talk Way Too Much
Between Love and Hate
Meet Me in the Bathroom
The End Has No End
The Way It Is
I Can't Win