Hey there, I’m Amulya. In the spring of 2011, ten years after the post punk revival band the Strokes had their breakthrough as the most hyped band in New York City, my older sister introduced me to their music. I’ve spent the last three years obsessing over everything the Strokes have ever put out, turning my friends onto them, and defending their evolution as a band- and that’s exactly what I’m going to do this week on OWOB.
I’m going to be writing about the Strokes’ three most recent albums, their hiatus and respective solo acts, and the world’s reaction to their change in sound, as well as my personal opinion on their new music. Simply, I believe that their newer work is just as worthy of recognition as their highly influential, critically worshipped early albums. While I love their early work dearly, I don’t think it’s fair that so many people get so caught up in it that they don’t even give the newer albums a chance. There are also plenty of other ideas that I’m going to try to throw around this week: why older Strokes fans aren’t as ready to let go of their past sound as the new generation of Strokes fans, how the band’s cool persona and media reputation have lasted thirteen years while their style of music hasn’t, how the Strokes value fun and humor, and how the relationships between the members of the band have changed. This week is going to be a Strokes timeline from 2005 to today, and will look something like this:
- Today is going to be devoted to First Impressions of Earth, an arresting and significant record that showed the Strokes beginning to depart from their traditional sound,
- Tuesday will be Hiatus Day- we’re going to talk about Phrazes for the Young and the Strokes fanbase’s reaction to the hiatus,
- Wednesday will be dedicated to the controversial Angles,
- Thursday will be all about Comedown Machine, how it was largely ignored, and why I consider that a travesty,
- and on Friday we will recap and talk about the future!
But first: a massive thank you to Hendrik for giving me the opportunity to write for this blog. (It was also a great comfort to learn that you agree with me about Phrazes and Comedown Machine!) Thanks as well to Cait Kenney for writing a great week on the Strokes’ early work, which I highly recommend you read, because it will help lend some context to my week, and also because it’s awesome.
I’m so excited to write about this beautiful, complex, well loved band, and I hope you enjoy my week! Be sure to add to the conversation- I would love to hear your thoughts. Let’s prove that we aren’t “an entire generation who’ve got nothing to say.”