Finally back in Sweden. One of the best rock bands. One of the biggest rock bands. Most likely the only pop stars, and undoubtedly the only fashion icons, that came out of the millennial rock boom. Elegantly wasted, as Rolling Stone put it in a story, and right on time.
To have them as headliners at Way Out West will be a dream come true – both for and thousands of Scandinavian fans. Just the thought of hearing the first notes of Last Nite or Reptilia ring out during a wonderful summer evening in Slottsskogen makes us go weak in the knees.
The Modern Age EP, released in January 2001, was nothing less than a sensation. Even more intriguing: it still sounds like one. Restless, raw, snotty, sexy. No wonder NME put the band on the cover twice even before there was an album out. Debut full-length ‘Is This It’, an instant classic, sold millions of records, turned the New York five-piece into rock stars and had a huge impact. Bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and Kings of Leon would hardly exist without it. Despite enormous pressure Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti soldiered on and met every expectation with the smooth and effective follow-up ‘Room On Fire’, which cemented the band’s reputation as the most vital rock band of that era.
Three more albums (and, they say, a new one on the way) and many years later The Strokes sound as fresh today as they did back then. For example, their recent New Year’s Eve gig at Barclays Center in Brooklyn was a triumph, full of energy and hits that never grow old. ”When we was young, oh man did we have fun”. The fun is to be continued in August.