Julian Casablancas, the singer/songwriter behind The Strokes, is back.
Casablancas describes this album as a "protest record" and says the band's name refers to that "in-between area in music that hasn't been explored". When asked what the band's music sounds like, guitarist Jeramy Gritter describes it: "It sounds like music of our time."
"Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history," Casablancas said about the album's title in a press release. "Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)."
The release is a follow-up to Phrazes for the Young. On June 23, Julian shared a new video sampler of the album on Cult Records' website, as well as an opportunity to pre-order the album for about 4 bucks. That video (below) is pretty discombobulated and random, but it ends with a minute of a very sweet-sounding riff, so there's that.