The Strokes have announced their comeback with an appearance at this year’s Benicassim festival in Spain. The band, who is currently in the studio putting the final touches on their forthcoming new album, is expected to take the new record out on an extended world tour including dates in the UK.
The Strokes got their big break in 2001 with the release of their debut album, ‘Is This It’ which encouraged a huge wave of followers and inspired the formation of many bands in the wake of the massive success of ‘This Is It’. The Strokes almost single-handedly put the last nail in the Britpop coffin.
The Strokes impact on the alternative music scene can best be measured with the NME’s decision to award ‘This Is It’ as their album of the decade.
‘First Impression Of Earth’ followed and marked a musical departure. On the back of the album, The Strokes got the title as ‘Best International Band’ at the NME Awards.
Benicassim festival, Spain (14th July)