The Strokes’ Nick Valensi was ‘resistant’ to using synthesisers and drum machines on the band’s new album. The guitarist admits he was unsure of stepping out of his comfort zone when making ‘Angles’, and worried about how the group would then present the album live. Speaking of the track ‘Games’, he said: ‘ think I was most comfortable working within the limitations of two guitars, bass, drums and vocal. There are some new sonic elements, which maybe I was resistant to at first. “I can stress out about how we’re going to do stuff live. Are we going to get a keyboard player? I don’t know if I want to be in that band.”
The group has previously spoken about the difficulties of recording ‘Angles’, with singer Julian Casablancas absent for parts of the recording process, and also said they plan to follow up the album quickly, with plans to start recording as early as April – a move Nick supports.
He told our source: ‘We started in January 2010. We were in a big, expensive studio for two and a half months. We spent a lot of money and recorded an album, but we kind of scrapped it and started over by ourselves.
‘n future I’d like to make albums faster.”
Phoenix look for remixers to remix latest album. French sensations Phoenix have offered up their last album for amateur remixers. Fans can download the complete multi-track recordings of their breakthrough album Wolfganag Amadeus Pheonix, drums, bass, guitar, vocals and the rest, to tinker with. The message accompanying the downloads reads thusly: ‘We want to thank you with a few presents before our last shows in the U.S. for a while. (You never know how long we’ll take to record the next album.)’ As Pitchfork notes, the album has already been heavily remixed by pros, so-much-so that their record label Loyaute collected them all and released them as, unsurprisingly Wolfganag Amadeus Pheonix (Remix Collection) in 2009. If you’re a bedroom composer, head over to their website, to download the bits and pieces.
The Blizzards release new single Trust Me I’m a Doctor through Island Records on September 28, ahead of debut UK album Domino Effect on October 12. Trust Me I’m a Doctor sees the quintet make another seamless stride in their ever-evolving bid to turn Britain onto their bold and ballsy guitar-pop anthems. Fresh from huge success in their native Ireland, where the band have scooped two consecutive Meteor Continue reading
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