In a trial marriage of grit and grandeur, the Strokes have tapped acclaimed producer Nigel Godrich to record a few songs for their second album.
If the collaboration works, Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) is expected to helm the entire album, according to the band’s manager, Ryan Gentles. In a letter to the band’s official fan club, Gentles wrote that the Strokes entered a New York studio on Monday to begin work with Godrich on the follow-up to 2001's Is This It.
"If both parties feel things are going well after trying two songs, they'll continue on and record the album with Nigel," Gentles said. If the collaboration works, the album could be out by late August or early September.
Among the songs tentatively slated for the album are several the group has been performing live, including "You Talk Way Too Much," "The Way It Is," "Meet Me in the Bathroom" and "I Can't Win," as well as a number of untitled, newer compositions that have not yet been performed in public.
The group will not tour until after the album is completed, Gentles said, after which they plan to do a world tour, with tentative plans to hit the U.S., New Zealand, Japan, Australia, South America and Europe.