“It’s the first time we’ve been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine,” Casablancas said. “We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that.”
While it’s been two years since the release of Comedown Machine, Casablancas has been busy promoting Tyranny, the 2014 album he recorded with new backing band, the Voidz. Casablancas added that he would like to continue both projects if possible, and admitted at another point in the interview that working with the Voidz had felt more like a true collaboration.
While the Strokes’ writing and recording process has grown more democratized over their past two albums, the band hasn’t been without their spats. Casablancas said, however, that the band’s “relationship is good now,” but noted that it wasn’t until their FYF Fest set last year that he began to feel positive about the band’s future.
“The Strokes [were] my life,” he said. “It was everything, and I put everything into it — it was a journey that I wanted to keep moving forward, but I couldn’t do that anymore, and it was very frustrating. So it took all this time to getting round to almost starting a new band to get to the point where I can continue to do what I set out to do from the beginning. It’s like if we had the best team ever and before the championship people started celebrating and not practicing. And we still have to play the playoffs.”
Along with a new Strokes record, Casablancas said he’s set to record a duet with Jehnny Beth, singer of the U.K. post-punk outfit, Savages, whom the Voidz played with at a series of South American festivals last year.
The Strokes also have a handful of festival dates lined up for this summer, including Shaky Knees in Atlanta and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. They’ll also headline a show at London’s Hyde Park on June 18th alongside Beck, Future Islands and more.