The Strokes on their wilderness years: 'There was conflict and fear and we got through it' squib
Having failed to match the success of their 2001 debut, New York’s coolest band had petered out. How did they come back with a brilliant new record – and designs for electric bikes?
Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr are sitting at opposite ends of an overstuffed sofa in an upmarket London hotel, some weeks before the coronavirus crisis reached the UK. They look, as the Strokes have always looked, like rock stars of an exceptionally cool variety: cool enough, certainly, to pull off what look suspiciously like mullet haircuts. Hammond’s is a little longer at the back than most people would countenance, while Casablancas has gone for the full-on shaved-at-the-sides, strands-of-hair-curling-around-the-shoulders look.