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The Strokes Return With “One Way Trigger”

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By Bryan Hood | The Strokes, the beloved figureheads of New York City’s early 2000s rock revival, unveiled a new track, “One Way Trigger,” on their website yesterday, the first new music we’ve heard from the band in two years. And it’s totally fine — for a Julian Casablancas song. The track is centered around the frontman’s voice (including the choruses where it morphs into this weird, and unexpected, falsetto), and really that’s about it. Again, that’s totally satisfactory if you were into the singer’s sometimes-interesting-but-rarely-that-good solo album, “Phrazes for the Young,” but The Strokes were never just about Casablancas, there sound was just as much about Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture, and Fabrizio Moretti. That no longer seems to be the case though. What might be most dissapointing about the song is that it makes you realize that The Strokes have now gone a decade without releasing anything of note. Granted those first two records were near perfect, but maybe it’s time we stop freaking out about new material from the band, which is something we never thought we’d be saying. Fortunately we still have “Is This It” and “Room on Fire” to listen to. Over and over again.

The Strokes – One Way Trigger by The Strokes

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