New York's favorite stuck-in-1977-sons The Strokes are
readying their sophomore album while still out on the road working
their debut to the masses. Three songs have already been written for
the follow-up to Is This It, "I Can't Win," "The Way It Is," and
"Meet Me In The Bathroom." In an interview with Rolling
Stone, the master of the guitar-under-the-chin routine, Albert
Hammond, Jr., said his favorite of the bunch was "The Way It Is,"
as it is "magical, rocking, interesting and everything we're playing is so
new. We've never done the drum beat or guitar parts, everything." So it
doesn't sound like the Velvet Underground or
Television, then, eh?
Prior to hitting the road for their gigs with Weezer and The White Stripes, the band have just recently wrapped the shooting on their third video
off their first album, for "Someday." The video was directed by
Roman Coppola and Hammond, Jr. says it features
the Strokes versus Guided by Voices in a game of
Family Feud. Whether this is true or just drug-addled
nonsense is not yet ascertained, but it sounds pretty damn cool to me.
Just as long as Jason Anfinsen's hero Louie Anderson
is nowhere to be found.