NY rock icons The Strokes will play sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney for their first Australian headline dates for a decade
The Strokes will play a Melbourne gig when they head to Australia for Splendour in the Grass in July 2022. Accompanied by The Chats and The Lazy Eyes, punters are in for one helluva show.
Armed with songs from their 20 year, six-album catalogue, The Strokes live set will also feature tracks from their 2021 Grammy Award winning Best Rock Album The New Abnormal.
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Formed in NY in the late 90s, it is impossible to overstate the impact that The Strokes made on the global music scene when their debut album, Is This It and its singles ‘Last Night’, ‘Hard To Explain’ and ‘Someday’ dropped in 2001.
Universally acclaimed, this minimalist rock masterpiece propelled singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti into the stratosphere. Two decades on, Is This It is still as stunning as ever and a perennial feature on best album lists around the globe.
The Strokes Australian Tour Dates
Sat 23 July 2022 – Byron Bay – Splendour in the Grass
Tue 26 July 2022 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena
Thu 28 July 2022 – Sydney – Hordern Pavilion
‘Almost return to form’: Check out our review of the new Strokes album here.
The band followed their debut with an onslaught of successful albums including Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006), Angles(2011), Comedown Machine (2013) and EP, Future Present Past (2016).
In 2020 The Strokes returned with The New Abnormal. Produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin and recorded at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu. The New Abnormal features tracks ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’, ‘Bad Decisions’ and ‘At The Door’. The album’s cover artwork is a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird on Money.
The Strokes Australian performances will come hot off the back of a whirlwind tour of headline festival slots including Corona Capital Guadalajara in Mexico, Primavera Sound Barcelona, Berlin’s Temple of Sounds, TRNSMT in Scotland and England’s Lytham Festival.
The Strokes will be joined by the rebel spirit and iconic anthems of pub punk outfit The Chats. When 2017 single ‘Smoko’ became a bona fide viral hit on YouTube, the band were propelled from their Queensland shed to almost overnight renown in all the right circles. Sydney rockers The Lazy Eyes are also in for the ride, with their impulse driven riffs and hypnotic drums and bass.