The Strokes in the studio (2010)
There were countless factors that made the Strokes an especially appealing band for young people in the early 2000s, but the relationship between the members of the band was definitely among them. It was the kind of unique friendship that each and every one of their young fans would have longed to be part of. For example, take their hilarious 2002 tour documentary, “In Transit,” which the members of the band filmed themselves- you see the five musicians just messing around, cracking jokes, hanging out, and genuinely appreciating each other’s company. That video is legendary among Strokes fans- full of the best memories of the Strokes’ “good old days,” back when the band members were younger, more carefree, and truly best friends. However, as the band grew older, they grew apart. They had families to worry about, they made other friends to spend time with, and although the members of the band saw each other occasionally during the hiatus, it was nowhere near the amounts of time they spent together in the early days of the band. By the time it came to recording their fourth album, Angles, relations were, infamously, a little bit strained. This video, however, shows the lighter side of recording Angles- and it brought the Strokes fanbase a little bit of hope and laughter during that tense time.
It’s 2010 and the Strokes have finally come off hiatus. They’re recording new material and fans have no clue what to expect. Their manager Ryan Gentles posts an “In the Studio” video on YouTube, which is extremely similar to “In Transit.” Even without reading the comments, you can immediately feel that nostalgia, the comfort that the band members still have this sense of humor. They still love each other in that silly, boyish way, eight years after “In Transit.” Breathe a sigh of relief.
Of course, the video isn’t perfect. There’s the glaring absence of Julian Casablancas- he didn’t record with the band for their fourth album, choosing instead to record his vocals separately. And, of course, it’s been a long while since the Strokes last spent long hours in the studio together and toured together extensively. They’re not quite as at ease with each other as they were in the past. But this video does contain moments that feel so funny and nostalgic, they could break your heart. It’s even produced one of the Strokes fandom’s favorite inside jokes. At 7:07 in this video, bassist Nikolai Fraiture is accused of breaking the video camera, and the band easily slips into a jam session, with drummer Fab Moretti singing “Nikolai broke the zoom… Oh, yeah… Nikolai broke the zoom.” It’s hilarious, adorable, and feels like it’s straight out of “In Transit.” Straight out of the good old days.