The Strokes

Formed 1998.
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The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums, percussion).

Upon the release of their debut album Is This It in 2001, the group met wide critical acclaim. Since then, the band has maintained a fan base in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Ireland, Canada, France, Brazil and Australia[citation needed]. A number of members have embarked on a variety of side projects, though they regrouped for a fifth album, titled Comedown Machine, released on March 26, 2013. They have sold over 5 million albums.

They are one of the many indie rock bands to hail from the US at the dawn of the 21st century and helped augment the garage rock revival movement. Their debut album, Is This It, was ranked number 199 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, number 8 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time and number 2 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Comedown Machine

    Comedown Machine 2013

    Reviewed by James Skinner
    Brilliant pop songs – and sometimes that’s all that really matters.
  2. Review of Angles

    Angles 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Prepare to be smitten all over again, as the NYC outfit release a brilliant fourth album.
  3. Review of First Impressions Of Earth

    First Impressions Of Earth 2006

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    'First Impressions Of Earth' is, with the odd exception, very much Strokes business as...
  4. Review of Room On Fire

    Room On Fire 2003

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    Different enough to sound new and exciting but similar enough to their previous work...
  5. Review of Is This It

    Is This It 2001

    Reviewed by Olli Siebelt
    Forget you’ve even heard about them. Just get this CD as if you knew nothing about...
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