The Strokes Return to 'Classic Sound' for New Album

Bassist promises band's fourth LP to come in March

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Strokes singer Julian Casablancas
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In an interview with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, The Strokes' bassist Nikolai Fraiture confirmed that his band have finished recording their first album in five years. The currently untitled disc is now in the mixing stage, and should be in stores "by March," Fraiture said.

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Fraiture told Lowe that the new record is a return to the band's "classic sound," and that he feels that "it's the album which should have been made between Room on Fire and First Impressions of Earth," the quintet's second and third releases.

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The bass player also opened up about the band's prolonged hiatus and their initial difficulty in reconnecting musically, noting the "weird energy" and "different dynamics" in the group following their various solo projects.

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Though no tour dates are currently planned, Fraiture did mention that the group is planning to play shows around the world to promote the album.

The Strokes new album 'set for March' release [BBC Newsbeat]