While The Strokes performing at Governors Ball was exciting and magical and all that other good stuff, am I the only one who's sort of more interested in what lead singer Julian Casblancas is up to unfettered by the expectations of his day job? His 2009 album Phrazes For The Young was woefully underrated, even though a lot of it was up there with some of the best songs he's ever written, so the news today that there's a new album and tour in the near future is big.
The album Tyranny, credited to Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, will be released on his own Cult Records on September 23, the band announced on Monday (June 23).
"It's a collection of amazing individuals I've encountered over the last four and half years," Casablancas explained of his new band in the teaser video below. It shows footage of them on tour throughout the world, and features snippets of some of the new music.
"Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history," Casablancas explained of the 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)."
OK, but can I dance to it?
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz kick off a U.S. tour in Philadelphia on October 16.