In a chat with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Strokes’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture confirmed that the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2006′s First Impressions Of Earth is “in the mixing stage”.
“Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between [2003's] ‘Room On Fire’ and [2006's] ‘First Impressions Of Earth’,” Fraiture he said, adding that he felt the album would return to the New York band’s “classic sound”.
The 10-song album was produced by the band in guitarist Albert Hammond Jr’s upstate New York studio.
Fraiture does admit that the writing sessions for the upcoming album had been “weird” following quite a long break for the quintet; solo albums and side projects have been the focus for the band in the five years since they released their last album.
“We didn’t really break up but we didn’t see each other for a long time,” said Fraiture.
He added: “When you get back together there was a lot of weird energy flowing around. There are different dynamics in the group in different ways.”
The Strokes are already set to play European festival shows this summer, but Fraiture noted that the band will be “touring around the world” post album release.
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