The Strokes are busy working on their fifth album -- a potential quick follow-up to this year's "Angles" -- but don't expect to hear any of the new material from the band during an assortment of forthcoming festival dates.
"There's nothing that would be ready to play," guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters for this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival, where the Strokes will perform in June. "We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we're all excited to play. I don't know if we're the kind of band that would ever play something new before it came out, just the way the Internet works and people recording it. I think even if we had the whole record done, we wouldn't play it 'til the album was out."
Hammond's bandmates Nick Valensi and Nikolai Fraiture recently revealed that the group was back in the studio again after leaving a five-year gap between 2006's "First Impressions of Earth" and "Angles." Fraiture tweeted that he's "super excited to go in to the studio today and work on some new ideas! I'll keep you posted...For The Strokes, of course!" He also included a photo of the group setting up gear in the studio.
Hammond said that the Strokes' decision to take a more spaced-out and surgical approach to touring in support of "Angles" has allowed the group to get back to work sooner on fresh material. "I think the way we've been able to do some of this touring this year, with bigger gaps than we've usually had, we've been able to organize some writing sessions, and it's just kinda getting in and exploring some stuff we didn't finish last time, new songs, all kinds of stuff." Despite tensions leading up to "Angles," Hammond added "everything's been really good for a while" within the group. "Being on stage with everyone is a feeling I can't really explain," he said. "It's something else. It's something very, very amazing. The best way to put it is I feel blessed to be able to even experience it."
There's no timetable for completing and releasing the fifth album, however.
The Strokes return to the road Saturday [April 30] to play at the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, Md. The group's itinerary also includes a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival stop on May 7 in New Orleans and summer shows in Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland as well as the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals on Aug. 27-28.