The Strokes are delivering on their promise. The New York City alt rockers announced the title and release date for their first full-length studio album in seven years.
The New Abnormal follows 2013’s Comedown Machine and will be released on April 10th. Frontman Julian Casablancas made the announcement while performing at a Bernie Sanders rally last night in New Hampshire, and The Strokes made it official this morning on social media.
The Strokes also premiered two more new songs during the rally. Judging by fan videos from the event, “Bad Decisions” has a New Order or The Cure type vibe with a clean guitar riff carrying the song. The band also introduced “At the Door” with a new animated video for the song that finds Casablancas singing over short bursts of distorted synth.
Those are the third and fourth new songs we’ve heard from The Strokes in the past 18 months or so. They unveiled “The Adults are Talking” during their show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles in May 2019, and during a hometown New Year’s Eve gig they performed something they called “Ode to the Mets.” On that night in Brooklyn, Casablancas previewed today’s announcement.
“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon,” he confirmed. “2020, here we come. The 2010s, whatever the f*** they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen and we’re back. If you really love someone, you’ll be frozen with them. You know what? I don’t know what I say generally, and I ramble a lot, but I love you guys, and it’s a real honor to share the stage and this night with you guys.”