The Strokes feared they would be "forgotten" during their hiatus.

The band are preparing for the release of 'Angles', their first album since 2006's 'First Impressions of Earth' and the group admit they worried they would have to start their career from the bottom again on the new campaign.

Guitarist Nick Valensi said: "There was a fear on my part that, having taken such a long time off, people would have forgotten about us.

"Not forgotten, but that all the work we'd done would have been for naught, and we would have to start again at a lower level. But that hasn't been the case at all.

Nick was the only member of the band not to venture into other projects during their hiatus, so he admits he found their break more frustrating than Julian Casablancas, Nikolai Fraiture, Fabrizio Moretti or Albert Hammond Jr., but he appreciates why they needed some time out.

He added in an interview with NME magazine: "The time off was really frustrating for me. I didn't want to take all that time off. I was pushing to make a record and do a tour a lot sooner.

"But despite all the frustrations I was feeling, having my band be dormant in a sense, it seems like the timing is right now and that we are working in a way in which everyone can express themselves creatively. So I think the break was a necessary thing for our longevity."