The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a new album he'll release Sept. 23 with backing band The Voidz. It's called "Tyranny" and the announcement comes with an explanative anti-corporate statement.
"Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history," Casablancas said in a press release. "Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)."
This theme is expressed in the "Tyranny" album artwork as well, which shows a chess board with a fallen king facing dozens of pawn pieces:
The album will be the follow up to Casablancas' first solo LP, 2009's "Phrazes for the Young," and is his first with The Voidz. It's now available for pre-order via Casablancas' label, Cult Records, for the low price of $3.87. The album announcement also comes with a pretty abstract video album preview and a list fall tour dates, you can see below.
We got a taste of Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at Governors Ball earlier this month. Billboard was there to film their performance, watch that here.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tour Dates:
08-14 -- Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Diana
08-16 -- Mexico City, Mexico - Ceremonia
08-23-24 -- Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10-16 -- Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10-17 -- Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-18 -- Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10-20 -- Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
10-21 -- Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10-22 -- Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10-28 -- Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10-30 -- Austin, TX - Emo's
10-31 -- Houston, TX - House of Blues
11-06 -- Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
11-09 -- San Francisco, CA - Regency Center
11-11 -- Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-13 -- Seattle, WA - Showbox