The Strokes Are Back: Hear Their New EP 'Future Present Past'

Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs in 2016
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Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs onstage at Samsung Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW 2016 on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. 

“Future Present Past” drops June 3, the same day the band headlines New York City’s Governors Ball.

New Strokes music is on the way. This morning, frontman Julian Casablancas used the first episode of his new Sirius XMU radio show Culture Void as a platform to premiere a new song called “OBLIVIUS” and break news of a forthcoming EP. 

Future Present Past -- due June 3 via Casablancas’ Cult Records -- contains two other new songs (“Drag Queen” and “Threat of Joy”) and a remix of “OBLIVIUS” by drummer Fabrizio Moretti. It was recorded over the past year with producer Gus Oberg.

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But it didn't end with “OBLIVIUS." In the hours following Culture Void, "Drag Queen" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show and "Threat of Joy" dropped on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program. Now, the whole thing -- including the remix -- is available for your streaming pleasure. Listen below:

Over at Cult Records’ official site, EP presale info is available. 

The band also shared this clip along with the news:

The Strokes teased the announcement last night, when messages like this were projected onto buildings in New York City and London: 




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The NYC band’s last album was 2013’s Comedown Machine, which came out on RCA Records. The new EP marks their first release on their singer’s own label. 

For more, check out our conversation last year with guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. on the Alt In Our Stars podcast