MUSIC ID: The Strokes

The dawn of 21st century gave birth to one of the best indie rock bands today.

Text: Yiota Dendrinou


Formed in 2001 inNew York, the Strokes was one of the groups that revived garage rock so successfully, among many others in US that tried to do the same thing.

Is This It, their first studio album gained critical and public acclaim and it was included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Last Nite, Hard to Explain, Someday. Who can choose their best single? I don’t think I can!

Casablancas, Valensi, HammondJr., Fraiture and Moretti break into the music scene with their vintage T-shirts and leather jackets and impress the audience with their simple rock tunes that reminded many 1970s garage rock bands. Although many believed that they were nothing more than a fad, the band proved them wrong, so 12 years later they are still active with 5 albums in their curriculum.

Singles like 12:51 and Reptilia from Room on Fire, You only live once and Razorblade from First Impressions of Earth and Under Cover of Darkness from Angles gave us a taste of good music. Sophia Coppola included the demo version of You only live once, I’ll try anything once, in her film “Somewhere”.


Just a few days ago, the band released their fifth album Comedown Machine and it is already Number 10 in The Official UK Top 40. The video for the single All the Time is consisted of archive footage throughout the career of the band, including interesting moments.