Despite wearing the loudest outfit in an arena crammed with 7,500 Bernie Sanders fans, Julian Casablancas didn’t have much to say about the Democratic Senator from Vermont. The Strokes were the headline entertainment at Sanders’ latest presidential campaign rally on Monday night at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and Casablancas took to the stage dressed like a lounge lizard who’d just teleported from a Comic-Con in Atlantic City.
Though Casablancas has gotten political before, The Strokes decided to use the Sanders’ rally to make a lot of official band news: They’re releasing a new album on April 10, presumably called The New Abnormal, Casablancas announced. They also debuted some new material, including the new song “Bad Decisions” and premiered a new animated video for the song “At The Door.”
To that end, it was more about music than politics for The Strokes: For a long spell, Casablancas let his cartoonish outfit make the band’s most grandiose statements. That changed, though, when local police started tinkering with the venue’s lighting toward the end of the set, citing a safety concern. In honor of the police’s impromptu meddling with the ambiance, Casablancas ordered the band into a rendition of “New York City Cops,” and invited some eager members of the student body onstage for a defiant frolick. With Casablancas their ringleader, the students were having a pretty incredible Monday night. The New Hampshire cops were not pleased, as was Casablancas’ intent.