May 26, 2016


The Strokes Return with New Tracks 'Oblivius' & 'Drag Queen': Listen

Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse
Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse

Update #2 (5/26 at 2:30 p.m.): Consider today an early Christmas, as another song from The Strokes has arrived. Listen to "Drag Queen," which was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show, and the rest of the EP in full below.

Update #1 (5/26 at 11:15 a.m.): As reported earlier, The Strokes have now premiered their new track "Oblivius" today on frontman Julian Casablancas' new radio show on Sirius XMU. This marks the band's first new music in three years, and will be featured on their Future Present Past EP (out June 3).

"Oblivius" is quintessential Strokes, with Julian's gritty, nonchalant vocals biting into the fuzzy electronic guitar-based production. His fairy-like tone towards the end are also a nice touch! Click here to pre-order the EP (which will also include "Drag Queen," "Threat of Joy" and an "Oblivius" remix by band member Fabrizio Moretti). 

Then watch a new video from the band's record label called "A Conversation with The Strokes":

Original Story, 9:50 a.m.: There has been endless speculation as to when The Strokes will make a return with new music, and it appears that this morning will be the lucky day. According to a Brazilian fan account, the rock band are set to premiere a new track on frontman Julian Casablancas’ newly-launched Culture Void radio show on Sirius XMU early Thursday.

DIY also reports the song will arrive at 10 a.m. EST. Along with the announcement, the band’s label, Cult Records, updated their website with the ominous hashtag #FuturePastPresent. Wall projections have also popped up in New York and London with an image of Cult Records' new logo:

The purported rollout of a new song will make sense time-wise, as The Strokes popped back in the music scene when they performed at SXSW back in March and are booked to headline Governors Ball next weekend. This will mark the band's first music since 2013's Comedown Machine.

We will update once the song officially drops. But while everyone sweats with anticipation, check out Fuse's conversation with The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. at Lollapalooza 2015: