Never mind that frontman Julian Casablancas and his blue-blooded comrades met at privileged Manhattan prep academies and elite Swiss boarding schools, The Strokes make music for the working class, man. Spearheads of the early 2000s post-punk revival, on new single “All The Time” these rich kids thankfully graduate from pure Kinks copycats and (somehow) narrowly evade self-parody.
“All The Time” centers around Casablancas’ trademark Lou Reed-esque deadpan vocals and imperceptible lyrics, and present are the familiar jangly, power-strummed guitars and bouncy, bubblegum drums, but the track brims with a revived sense of urgency and youth, a freshman energy usually lost on exalted rockstars now in their mid-30s.
Short n’ sweet, “All The Time” is all the things you love and hate about The Strokes, but you gotta admire Casablancas & Co. for trying on subtly different colors while sticking to their well-worn fabric. Sure, The Strokes are never gonna blow your mind with technical virtuosity, but man, they still know how to write a freaking catchy pop tune. Stream it below.
The Strokes’ Comedown Machine is due out March 26th on RCA/Rough Trade.
STREAM: The Strokes – “All The Time”