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Julian Casablancas leads the set at The University of New Hampshire on Feb. 10 in support of Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign. 

A Comeback Machine: The Strokes return

This is not a drill. 

The Strokes are back with a new track titled “Bad Decision,” which comes off of their new album, The New Abnormal, which is expected to drop on April 10 via Cult/RCA Records.

The band has been teasing fans about their new release throughout the past year. On New Years Eve, The Strokes headlined The Barclays Center and played a new track called “Ode to the Mets.” You have to appreciate the Strokes' allegiance to the big apple, it’s admirable. 

Last week, after joining Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire for a rally, the band played a new track called “At the Door,” which heightened anticipation greatly.  

Frontman Julian Casablancas took the stage to address those in the audience, highlighting support for the local New Yorker. “We are honored to be associated with such a dedicated, diligent, and trustworthy patriot —and fellow native New Yorker,” he said in a statement. 

In traditional Strokes fashion, the band didn’t hesitate to shake things up during their set. The band sang “New York City Cops,” a song rooted in anti-cop sentiments, with suggestive lyrics about the controversies around law enforcement. Casablancas invited fans up on stage, who were greeted by police at the event that were, in their opinion, trying to diffuse the situation. 

This sort of revolt attitude mirrors a lot of what lies at the the center of Sanders campaign, he doesn’t mess around when picking who to invite and perform at his rally. 

The album, which was recorded in Malibu, is being produced in collaboration with Rick Rubin. Rubin is the former president of Columbia Records and current host of a popular podcast called Broken Record. His work and time in the industry pairs with the band's own resume, contributing to the legitimacy of a new record. 

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The artwork of the album has been released and is a painting by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, titled “Bird on Money.” The track list includes nine songs and with only three having already been heard, fans can expect six more beautiful tracks by The Strokes to quench their prolonged thirst. 

The Strokes start their headline tour in North America on May 9, in Seattle, WA. Their new songs are available to stream and you can pre-order their album here

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