The Strokes back for 'new era' with release of song
The Strokes have released their first piece of new music for five years and said it marked a new era for the band.
Under Cover Of Darkness, a free download from their new album, has been made available to fans.
When it was released at 7.35pm on 9 February demand immediately crashed their official website.
When asked if he felt the band had entered a new era guitarist Albert Hammond said: "I would be completely shocked if it wasn't."
Speaking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe he added: "I see us completely making music together. I see us doing a world tour in balance with a new record. We're going to tour."
In the interview the guitarist explained that the five-year break since the release of their last album First Impressions Of Earth in 2006 has made the indie-rockers appreciate the band much more.
"Like you have no idea," said Hammond.
"All of that, if anything, gave you perspective on what I find so beautiful about The Strokes.
"It really is something bigger than one person - a combination of things which couldn't happen without us.
"I would say even more so. I was playing the new album to a friend this morning and they said, 'It makes me want to dance'."
The fivesome's forthcoming fourth album Angles is released on 22 March.