Not Quite 'It': Strokes Gear Up For Busy Fall
The Strokes have been promoting their RCA debut, "Is This It," for almost 13 months, but the blitz isn't ready to wind down just yet.The Strokes have been promoting their RCA debut, "Is This It," for almost 13 months, but the blitz isn't ready to wind down just yet. The group is mapping out details for a fall North American headlining tour, which will run from early October to late November. Beforehand, the Strokes will play four double-bills this month with fellow buzz band the White Stripes and will drop in on the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals.
On Oct. 1, RCA will re-release the acclaimed "Is This It" in a limited-edition with a bonus DVD. It will feature uncensored videos for the singles "Last Nite," "Hard To Explain," and "Someday," plus previously un-aired live renditions of "NYC Cops" and "The Modern Age" from a recent MTV2 broadcast of a show in Hollywood, Calif. "Last Nite" is up for the MTV2 award at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, set for Aug. 29 in New York.
At the end of October, the video components will be issued as a stand-alone DVD. The import commercial singles for "Last Nite" and "Someday" will also be made available domestically. The latter single will include four-track recordings made by frontman Julian Casablancas and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. in 1997, according to Strokes manager Ryan Gentles. The full MTV2 show may see the light of day as a DVD in time for Christmas.
Amid all this activity, the Strokes will continue writing material for their sophomore album, recording of which Gentles estimates will get underway in December or January. Asked who would be behind the boards for the set, Gentles tells Billboard.com, "We might do something with ["Is This It" producer] Gordon [Raphael] again. I can't imagine they'd go anywhere other than New York, but who knows. They may get a wild hair up their ass and want to record in Alaska."
Three new tunes -- "Meet Me in the Bathroom," "The Way It Is," and a song Casablancas has deemed "Ze Newie" -- have all been performed live already. Two others may make their debut at the upcoming New York shows. Gentles says it would be "reasonable" to pencil in a summer release date for the group's next album.
As for Casblancas' dislocated kneecap, which forced the cancellation of five recent shows opening for Weezer, Gentles reports, "he's going to be hobbling for sure but the doctors told him if he does physical therapy every day, he'll be almost fully recovered by the time of the New York shows."