A few weeks a go, The Strokes unveiled the first song from their upcoming fifth album, Comedown Machine. ‘One Way Trigger’ was met with some hostility from fans and reviewers alike. The song didn’t have the usual sound we’d become accustomed to from the first 4 albums. The harshest critique came from those comparing the sound to A-Ha’s cheesy pop classic ‘Take On Me’. Once reading this, this is the only thing I could continue to think about when listening to the song.
This probably wasn’t the route Julian Casablancas and the guys were wanting to explore. After a couple of listens, any excitement I had for the forthcoming album had dwindled somewhat. Was this the end of one of the most prolific indie bands of the last 10 years? I can gladly say that the answer to this question is a strong NO. It all changed when I heard the first play of the second single off the album, ‘All The Time’ on the Zane Lowe show.
The fifteen seconds build up to the instantly recognisable tones of Casablancas is a classic Strokes sound and it’s undeniable that The Strokes haven’t changed their approach to music like the first single would perhaps indicate. Classic riffs and a strong rhythm and I can already imagine dancing to this in a club. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a ‘Reptilia’, ‘Last Nite’ or ‘Someday’ but none of the new songs will ever match up to these. These songs were current and fresh on their release and have stood the test of time and will undoubtedly remain on the indie circuit for years to come.
It’s hard to judge from just two songs what exactly we can expect from ‘Comedown Machine’ but I’m very glad that my enthusiasm to hear the album is as high as it was before, if not higher.
Comedown Machine is available to purchase 26th March.
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Words by Robert Smith (@robertmsmith)