Julian Casablancas & The Voidz Announce Name Change With 1980s Horror Spoof: Watch

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Julian Casablancas and The Voidz perform during day 1 of the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 6, 2014.  

The band formerly known as Julian Casablancas + The Voidz will now be known simply as The Voidz. We know this because the group fronted by the Strokes singer Julian Casablancas announced the name switch -- and plans to release their second full-length album in 2018 -- via a Warren Fu-directed video that pays homage to their favorite cheesy 1980s horror movies. And to the ridiculousness of a band making a video to announce a name change.

The four-minute retro clip finds the band watching a truly terrible midnight movie called Sly Boots: The Last Blood Rites of the Crystal Mindgoblet, which has something to do with the search for the sixth crystal for the magic cup with the mystical liquid that will transform the hero (Casablancas) into some kind of undead rock star. Confused? Good.

What's in a name anyhow?

Watch the thrilling cliffhanger below:

The Voidz released their debut, Tyranny, in 2014.