From the Archives: The Strokes Make Their Debut in V6

From the Archives: The Strokes Make Their Debut in V6

Almost a full year before the release of their seminal record "Is This It," a then under-the-radar band known as The Strokes got wet for V6.

Almost a full year before the release of their seminal record "Is This It," a then under-the-radar band known as The Strokes got wet for V6.

Text: Christina Cacouris

In the July/August 2000 issue of V (the 6th edition of the magazine), The Strokes took a dip in "Stroke Me" in a feature by Devin Friedman, spotlighting the band as the New York answer to the overproduced boy-bands that proliferated in the 90's. Their debut album Is This It wasn't released in the US until more than a full year later; as the 16th anniversary of the album draws near, we're looking back at their original feature, well before they were the globetrotting Strokes they are today.

"There's something quite pleasing about a boy-band not knowing quite what to say," wrote Friedman about the then 20somethings. "The Backstreet Boys, for instance, would never find themselves without a scripted line in easy reach—even their creative use of hair gel is scripted. Were you ever to ask the members of the adolescent supergroup 'N Sync what their music was about you'd likely hear something about inspiration and keeping it real and speaking for those who can't speak for themselves before Carson Daly had to cut to a commercial. The Strokes, who play an old-school Velvet Underground rock type of music rather than the over-produced gymnastic pop of the day, say something different."

Not long after this feature they would, of course, go on to release one of what's commonly acknowledged as one of the greatest rock records of all time, Is This It, credited with redefining music in the 2000's.

Where are they now? That's the question on any Strokes-fan's mind. Their last release, 2016's Future, Present, Past, was a three-song EP, with a decidedly Strokesian sound after 2013's Comedown Machine, a synth-heavy vortex of a record all hinging on completing the band's 5-record contract deal with RCA. All of the members now have their own side projects (Julian, "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz"; Fabrizio, "Little Joy" among others; Nick, "CRX"; Nikolai, "Summer Moon"; Albert, under his own name) and several have teased new music from their original band, with reports they've been back in the studio. Here's hoping for a 2018 reunion.

UP NEXT

Editor's Pick: Francis Kurkdjian's Aqua Universalis