Update: The Strokes Start Sophomore Set With Godrich
The Strokes have begun work on their sophomore RCA album in New York's Globe Studios with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck). Group manager Ryan Gentles tells Billboard.com the Strokes are curreThe Strokes have begun work on their sophomore RCA album in New York's Globe Studios with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck). Group manager Ryan Gentles tells Billboard.com the Strokes are currently recording two unnamed songs with Godrich, and, "if those two songs go well, and the band is happy, then, and only then, will they continue to record with Nigel and do the rest of the album with him. If the band is not thrilled with this two-song trial period, then it will be 'back to the drawing board' as far as producers are concerned, so to speak."
The Strokes/Godrich pairing has been rumored for months as the Strokes have been writing material for the new album, which could be out as early as August or September. Gentles said the band will definitely record new songs debuted on recent tours, including "The Way It Is," "I Can't Win," "Meet Me in the Bathroom," and "You Talk Way Too Much."
"In addition, there are a crop of new songs, never played live, that will be recorded over the following weeks for the album," Gentles said. "These songs will be recorded, but who knows. If the band isn't happy with the recorded versions, they may opt not to release them. So it's too early to speculate what song titles will make the final release."
The Strokes are not expected to play any shows while recording is in progress. "I can confirm that there will NOT be any touring until this album is completed," Gentles reported. "The band needs to have 100% focus in the recording studio, so don't look for the Strokes to be touring until AFTER completion of the album ... most likely August 2003 will be the earliest time to see the Strokes resurface in the touring world."
The new album will be the follow-up to the Strokes' acclaimed 2001 debut "Is This It," which peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 870,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Is This It" spawned several hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, including "Last Nite" (No. 5), "Someday" (No. 17), and "Hard To Explain" (No. 27).