Saturday 2 July 2022
New York’s swaggering indie rock heroes make a return to Roskilde Festival

This is it!

The Strokes are back at Roskilde Festival. The last time they were here Julian Casablancas practised his language skills in Danish – and the band delivered a tightly packed setlist of charged hits from their career.

At the turn of the millennium, The Strokes rewired rock'n'roll with irresistible songs, inventive guitars and arty arrogance. They spearheaded a much-needed garage rock wave in a time previously dominated by nu-metal and adult contemporary rock. Their impact was immediate and dramatic. They made guitar music you could dance to while feeling a bit of alienation. Just listen to their debut album Is This It? Still to this day, it’s a stone-cold classic with no-frills garage rock. It didn’t take long for the media to deem The Strokes saviours of rock.

The five lads in The Strokes – singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond, Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti – were on everybody’s lips. They sold heaps of records, garnered terrific reviews, took home award after award – and they kept releasing quality music with a desire to test new grounds along the way.

In recent years, members of The Strokes have kept busy with various side projects. Julian Casablancas has released a couple of albums with his band The Voidz, while Albert Hammond, Jr. has released four solo album (and he played Roskilde Festival 2018). Meanwhile, the early days of the band were chronicled in the book Meet Me in the Bathroom.

2020 was the year when The Strokes finally released their much anticipated sixth album. For these crazy times it has much fittingly been called The New Abnormal (even though it was before the corona virus told hold). It’s a record that has been welcomed with open arms and which shows a band that is not afraid of experimenting.

The Strokes are not frequent guests in Denmark. In fact, the last time they were here they played at Roskilde Festival back in 2011. It’s time to welcome them back for a show full of those songs that have earned them recognition as one of the major 21st-century bands.