The Strokes are one of those bands that doesn’t come along that often. They had it all; timing, delivery, look, and of course, amazing songs. Ten years after their debut album Is This It was released, Stereogum had new acts cover it from top to bottom. I am impressed by how solidly these songs stack up, even in some of their more bizarre interpretations.
Around the time that The Strokes came out (late nineties early two thousands) there were more than a few bands who had the potential to blow up. But because of Julian Casablancas songs, The Strokes were the only ones to really stick around.
As you listen to a few of the standouts on this new interpretation of Is This It, it’s obvious that The Strokes success wasn’t because of their style, their photos, or their charming wit, it was because the songs have the energy and feel of pure rock and roll youth. So even with a synth and a drum machine you can still feel it.
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