It’s been five years since The Strokes last appeared together in a music video, and for their grand return, they’ve whipped up a goofy narrative packed with mystery, conspiracy, and even some choreography.
Following the surprise release of Future Present Past earlier this month, The Strokes have debuted a video for the EP’s third track, “Threat of Joy.” There’s a wild caper at play here -- the clip begins with the band at a video shoot for “OBLIVIUS” (also from Future Present Past) before sinister dudes in suits hijack the footage and kidnap the director.
Instead, the band casually performs “Threat of Joy” in a studio while a SWAT team sweeps the room, greedy men in pig masks strategize more thievery in a smoky boardroom, and neon-lit messages like “protect us from the truth” and “there is no escape” appear throughout. There’s also some silly dancing and a roller disco rink thrown in for good measure, adding up to a delightfully bizarre affair. It’s good to have these guys back.