The Strokes

Biography

The Strokes (formed 1998)

The Strokes are an American alternative rock band, based in New York. They rose to prominence with the release of their debut album and were at the forefront of the garage rock revival of the early 21st century. The lineup of the band consists of Nick Valensi on lead guitar, Julian Casablancas on vocals, Fabrizio Moretti on drums, Albert Hammond Jr. on rhythm guitar and Nikolai Fraiture on bass guitar.

The Strokes: Formation

Casablancas, Valensi and Moretti originally started playing music together whilst they all attended Dwight School in Manhattan. Casablancas and Fraiture were also friends, though Fraiture attended the Lycée Français de New York. At the age of 13, Casablancas was sent to boarding school in Switzerland. It was here that he met Albert Hammond Jr. When Hammond attended art school in New York, he shared a flat with Casablancas.

The Strokes started out gigging at a Lower East Side venue called Mercury Lounge. The manager of the venue, Ryan Gentles, later quit the venue to become the band's full time manager.

'Last Nite' was released as a free MP3 on nme.com, shortly prior to the full release of their debut EP, named 'The Modern Age'. The EP fast became popular and a number of record labels fought to sign the band.

The Strokes: Debut Album and Onwards

The Strokes' debut album, Is This It, was released in October 2001 on RCA Records. The song 'New York City Cops' was removed from the US release, so as not to cause offence to the New York Police Department in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the city. The album was hugely popular with fans and critics alike, with many music journalists drawing parallels between The Strokes and New York bands from the 1970's CBGB's scene such as Television and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. The videos that accompanied the band's singles at this time were all directed by Roman Coppola, the son of Francis Ford Coppola.

The second album from The Strokes was named Room on Fire and received positive reviews, though the sales of the album fared less well than its predecessor. The album was released in October 2003 and the debut single from the album was '12:51'. When The Strokes toured the album, Kings of Leon and Regina Spektor were chosen to support them.

First Impressions of Earth was The Strokes' third album. The debut single, 'Juicebox', was leaked online prior to its release. The album was released in January 2006, though reviews were less emphatically positive than for their previous two albums. The band had decided not to work with Gordon Raphael, who had produced their first two albums and instead chose David Kahne to produce their third full-length release. Despite the mixed reception for the album, The Strokes won 'Best International Band' at that year's NME awards. Later that year, The Strokes opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the US.

In early 2009, it was announced that, following a long hiatus, Julian Casablancas and Nick Valensi were writing new material for an upcoming album.

The Strokes: Personal Lives

In 2005, Julian Casablancas married Juliet Joslin. His father, John Casablancas, is the founder of Elite Model Management.

Nick Valensi married Amanda De Cadenet in 2006. She gave birth to their twins, Silvan and Ella the same year that they married.

Albert Hammond Jr. announced his engagement to the British model Agyness Deyn in August 2008. He has released two solo albums, Yours To Keep and ¿Como Te Llama?

Nikolai Fraiture released his own solo album, The Time of the Assassins in January 2009. The album featured appearances from Regina Spektor and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Fab Moretti dated the actress Drew Barrymore for five years until 2007. He now dates the musician Binki Shapiro. Moretti also works with Har Mar Superstar and Devendra Banhart on a regular basis.

Read More

Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Lineup Feat. Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes And More

16th January 2014 -

 Press

The 4th Annual Governors Ball Music FestivalAnnounces 2014 LineupFeaturing...Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex, Interpol, Axwell & Ingrosso, Tv On The Radio, Foster The People, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Neko Case, J. Cole,...

Is This It? The Strokes' Comedown Machine Deflates Fanboys, Intrigues Critics

26th March 2013 -

 News

The fifth studio album from The Strokes - Comedown Machine - is not Is This It. It sounds nothing like Is This It and frankly shouldn't be uttered in the same breath. This is bad...

The Strokes' Comedown Machine Just About Passes The Scrutiny Tests After First Round Of Reviews

26th March 2013 -

 News

Today, March 26, marks the day that The Strokes release their fifth studio album together, Comedown Machine. The album can perhaps be seen as the band's reassurance that they are still together and still intent...

A Week in Music - The Strokes Return With New Sound, Justin Timberlake Comeback Hits The Spot, Mumford And Sons Rumble On With New Video

18th March 2013 -

 News

Recommended Albums... New York garage-rock new-wavers The Strokes are on album number five and Comedown Machine marks a return to form for Julian Casablancas & co. Whilst they may not be trying to replicate the...

The Strokes - Comedown Machine Album Review

11th March 2013 -

 Review

When New York City outfit The Strokes broke through in 2001 they were pigeonholed alongside the likes of The White Stripes, The Hives and The Vines in the garage-rock explosion. What set them apart...

Comedown Machine - Details of Fifth Album From The Strokes, Revealed

30th January 2013 -

 News

The Strokes are back, folks. Last week, they released a new track online and now they’ve revealed that a new album is definitely on the way. It’s called Comedown Machine and it’s getting released on...

The Strokes New Song Revealed! How Does It Sound?

25th January 2013 -

 News

The Strokes revealed new single ‘One Way Trigger’ – and boy does it sound a lot like A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’.The New York group have joined an increasingly large list of stars who’ve announced their...

That Wasn't It? Do The Strokes Have A New Single?

17th January 2013 -

 News

Amidst the clamour of everyone else announcing their comebacks at the beginning of 2013, no one had really considered that New York hipsters The Strokes might be coming back for another turn around the block...

The Strokes - Heart In A Cage

26th January 2012 -

 Video

The Strokes - Angles

16th March 2011 -

 Review

We're little over thirty-five minutes into 'Angles' when Julian Casablancas urges the battle cry 'Don't try to stop us, get out of the way!' A matter of seconds later, The Strokes first record in over...

The Strokes Last Nite

29th September 2009 -

 Video

The Strokes, You Only Live Once, Video Stream

11th July 2006 -

 Video

The Strokes You Only Live Once Video The Strokes release a new single You Only Live Once, taken from their Number One album First Impressions Of Earth, through Rough Trade Records on July 24th....

The Strokes - Hard to Explain / NYC Cops / Take It Or Leave It Single Review

16th May 2006 -

 Review

The Strokes: a band who deserve fame simply because of their name, fresh faces from the Big Apple and soon to be the most talked about new band of the moment. They are destined for...

The Strokes - Heart In A Cage

20th March 2006 -

 Review

The Strokes Heart In A Cage Single ReviewNew York, New York, a city so great they named it twice and can also boast a proud heritage of spawning some of America's most important and influential...

The Strokes, Heart In A Cage, Video

2nd March 2006 -

 Video

The StrokesHeart In A CageVideoMarch 20th 2006The Strokes release Heart In A Cage, through Rough Trade Records. This being their second single from their #1 third album 'First Impressions Of Earth' (out 2nd January) and...

O2 Wireless Festival 2006, News, line-up

2nd March 2006 -

 Review

O2 Wireless Festival 21st June and 23rd June Two of the most innovative and influential bands of our time, The Strokes and Massive Attack, have been added to the London leg of the ever-expanding...

The Strokes, Live Review

9th February 2006 -

 Review

The Strokes (Manchester Apollo Theatre 31/01/06)You would certainly have been excused for thinking that the crowd would be one in which the pit was as mild as a korma, given the number of ultra-cool; "Don't...

The Stroke, First Impressions Of Earth (9th January 2006), Album Listening Party - Audio Streams

23rd December 2005 -

 Video

album: First Impressions Of Earth (9th January 2006)The Strokes release their highly anticipated third album, the follow up to 2003's platinum album Room On Fire, entitled First Impressions Of Earth through Rough Trade Records on...

The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth

22nd December 2005 -

 Review

The Strokes, First Impressions Of Earth, 02/01/2006, Rough Trade Records, Album ReviewThe top 5 single; 'Juicebox' features early and is indicative of the new bounce and defiance that The Strokes have garnered for this third...

The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade 05/12/2005)

8th December 2005 -

 Review

The StrokesJuicebox (Rough Trade 05/12/2005)The downtrodden rasping nature of this prelude to next year's 'First Impressions Of The Earth' album, sees Julian Casablancas' vocals taking on a haunting and howling feel that has never before...

The Strokes, Juicebox, Audio/Video Stream

14th November 2005 -

 Video

The StrokesConfirm Third Album Title And Release Date First Impressions Of Earth Due Out January 3, 2006The Strokes have confirmed the title and U.S. release date of their thirdalbum: First Impressions Of Earth will...

The Strokes - The End Has No End Video / Audio streams

30th September 2004 -

 Video

The Strokes...

The Strokes - Room On Fire

14th November 2003 -

 Review

The Strokes - 12:51 (Rough Trade Records) 06/10/2003

15th September 2003 -

 Review

The Strokes: 12:51...

The Strokes - Last Night

15th November 2001 -

 Review

News & Reviews...

The Strokes - Is This It?

21st August 2001 -

 Review

News & Reviews...

Back to top

The Strokes Images

More The Strokes Pictures

Back to top

The Strokes Related Artists

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Back to top

The Strokes Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The Strokes

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Robin Williams Cremated, Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay

Robin Williams' final resting place will be very close to home. The legendary comedian...

Robin Williams Cremated, Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay

Emma Stone's Broadway Debut In 'Cabaret' Is A Done Deal

After several reports of being in "negotiations," Emma Stone is officially going to...

Emma Stone's Broadway Debut In 'Cabaret' Is A Done Deal

Jackie Chan Is "Very Angry And Very Shocked" Over Son's Drug Arrest

Jackie Chan has finally broken his silence over his son Jaycee's recent arrest in...

Jackie Chan Is

Aaron Paul Hosting A "Breaking Bad" Scavenger Hunt For The Emmys. No Meth Involved

Pay attention now, because Aaron Paul is doing a cool thing! In honor of Breaking...

Aaron Paul Hosting A

Scoot McNairy As The Flash? Green Socks Could Be 'Batman v Superman' Plot Clue

With Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder...

Scoot McNairy As The Flash? Green Socks Could Be 'Batman v Superman' Plot Clue

'MTV Crashes Derry' Confirms Professor Green And MNEK

'MTV Crashes Derry' has announced the first two acts to play at the one day festival next...

'MTV Crashes Derry' Confirms Professor Green And MNEK
Advertisement

Six Of The Worst Grammatically Incorrect Song Lyrics

Everybody loves a good pop song, but sometimes you can’t help but cringe when...

Six Of The Worst Grammatically Incorrect Song Lyrics

Basement Jaxx - Junto Album Review

It's been five long years since Basement Jaxx released their last album, 'Zephyr'. A lot has happened in the dance music scene in...

Basement Jaxx - Junto Album Review

Bastille - bad_news Video

The newly released track from Bastille, Bad News, has received a haunting music video. The video starts with a sample of Funky...

Bastille - Bad_news Video


More recommendations

Comments