The Strokes Working On New Album in New York
The Strokes have recently logged time at New York's Electric Lady Studios recording the follow-up to 2011's "Angles," Billboard.com has learned.
The group is working with producer Gus Oberg, who was behind the mixing desk for parts of "Angles" and previously collaborated with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. on his 2008 solo album "Como Te Llama?."
The as-yet-untitled album will be the Strokes' fifth studio release, and Billboard.com understands it is the New York group's last under its contract with longtime label RCA Records.
"We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we're all excited to play," Hammond Jr. told Billboard.com last spring. "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."
After several years of inactivity, the Strokes returned last year with "Angles," which has since sold 213,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group also toured extensively for the first time in years, including appearances at Lollapalooza and Coachella.