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Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes, performs onstage after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke during a campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on in Durham, New Hampshire, on Monday. (AFP/Joe Raedle)
American rock band The Strokes announced a new album at Bernie Sanders’ “Bernie Beats Trump” rally in Durham, New Hampshire, on Monday.
According to Pitchfork, The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas told the audience at the end of the performance, “Album’s coming out April 10.”
The announcement may not have been a surprise to some fans, as the group hinted at the impending release of a new album titled The New Abnormal last month. This comes seven years after the band released its last studio album, Comedown Machine.
The Strokes performed for a crowd of approximately 7,500 at the University of New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary election on Tuesday, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The Strokes also premiered their new song, “Bad Decisions”, and a music video for another new song, “At the Door”.
At the rally, the Strokes performed right after speeches by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders. They covered Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” and performed their own classics, including “Someday”, “Hard to Explain” and “New York City Cops.”
American rock acts Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend have also shown support for Sanders by playing at rallies in late January and early February.
Formed in 1998, The Strokes are considered to be among the pioneers in the garage rock revival of the early 2000s. Their debut album, Is This It, received critical acclaim when it was released in 2001. They collected several awards, including the Best International Newcomer category at the 2002 BRIT Awards and Best New Act at the 2002 NME Awards. (mad/wng)
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