Big news for all you Julian Casablancas fans out there! The Strokes frontman recently sat down with Noisey for an exclusive interview about his career and what’s next on the agenda. Casablancas revealed that he and The Strokes are writing their first material since 2013’s Comedown Machine. ‘We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that. I’d like to do both [bands] really if I could.’ In addition, after playing in a series of South American festivals with the Savages singer Jehnny Beth back in 2014, Casablancas is now working on new music with the singer. Check out a except from the interview below:
It’s edging towards 1 AM, and the weather’s taken a turn. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” he delivers in a Dean Martin-esque croon. We slip and slosh several blocks to a venue called Baby’s All Right where Savages are playing a rescheduled show. The black-clad postpunks have decamped from London to record their second album, and this is the penultimate night of their nine-show New York residency. Casablancas became friends with the band when they played alongside The Voidz at a string of South American festivals early last year. He’s set to duet with singer Jehnny Beth on a forthcoming song.
Over dinner, he mentioned that his obsession with politics had become “pretty all-consuming.” Although Casablancas will disagree, his records up until now appear avowedly apolitical. Tyranny is different: He spent more time on lyrics than ever before (although in a contrary move they’re also more shrouded and difficult to decipher). His words are bleak non-sequiturs, the mood veering from resigned and melancholic to questioning and suspicious, and at times, corrosively angry, railing against passivity and those chasing what’s ultimately hollow. He notes that Tyranny is more a study in morality than politics. Casablancas is a fan of Run the Jewels’ second album, which cuts cleanly to the chase, addressing sexism, police brutality, gentrification, socio-economic imbalance, the war on terror—you name it, Killer Mike and El-P are explicit and all over it. But whenever I’ve broached the rather broad subject of what exactly Casablancas thinks is wrong with the world, what specifically he thinks should change, our conversation stumbles.
Several days later he’ll send me his thoughts on politics in written form. What begins with Casablancas questioning America’s ruthless, money-driven elites, the media’s failure to report on it accurately and objectively, and the separation of cash and state, steers inevitably towards Ferguson. “Clearly we are far from racial equality and the justice system is far from colorblind,” he writes. “We see how far people have to be pushed to protest, which is a pity, but at least we see it happening, which is positive. Just a clear understanding of what’s happening would be the biggest victory possible because the Matrix-like blindness in America is just sad and scary right now.”
You can read the entire interview by clicking here.