The Strokes Announce Fifth Studio Album, 'Comedown Machine'

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The Strokes captivate in a surprise free SXSW gig at Austin, TX's Auditorium Shores on March 17, 2011. SXSW 2011 Main Page

Follow-up to 2011's "Angles" due out in March.

Two weeks after after new Strokes music was hinted at on the Facebook page of a Seattle radio station, the rock group has announced that "Comedown Machine," its fifth studio album, will be released through RCA Records on Mar. 26. Check out the album artwork below:


"All The Time" will be released as the album's first official single, after the band posted a new track, "One Way Trigger," as a free download on its official website last Friday. "One Way Trigger" features a busy synth line supporting Julian Casablancas' vulnerable falsetto, and hints at a more electronic sound for the upcoming full-length.

"All The Time" will be released on Feb. 19 as a free download for those who pre-order "Comedown Machine."

Last June, Billboard reported that the band had holed up at New York's Electric Lady Studios with producer Gus Oberg to record the follow-up to 2011's "Angles." On Jan. 16, Seattle's 107.7 The End posted on its Facebook page, "Previewing brand new Strokes 'All the Time' thanks to RCA Records. We'll have to 'leak' this soon. You won't be disappointed… -mike," leading to speculation that new music was imminent.

Set for release nearly two years to the day after "Angles," "Comedown Machine" is the fastest that the Strokes have ever turned around an album for release. "Angles," which was led by the lead single "Under Cover of Darkness," has sold 221,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


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