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 returns in January, including David Bowie, Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake, although of course the real anticipation surrounded their last return, 2011’s fourth album Angles. ‘One Way Trigger’ is the first track to be made available since that, appearing on the group’s Youtube page and being released as a free MP3 through their website – though reports had suggested an American radio station was going to play it first recently. There hasn’t been a comment on whether an album might be forthcoming too, though we imagine that’ll become apparent in the next few days.
So what does it sound like? Well, you can hear for yourself at the bottom of the page, but we can’t resist humming ‘Take On Me’ whilst listening to it. It’s the synthy melody that recalls this most 80’s of tunes, and it seems a particularly lazy pastiche of it at that, reminding a lot more of front man Julian Casablancas’ solo material than it does the more post-punk ready stuff of The Strokes back catalogue. Angles was given a mixed reaction upon its release in 2011, a victim of the hype that surrounded their first new music in five years. With this though we fear it might take a bit of a tanning.