On May 22, 2001, THE STROKES released The Modern Age EP in North America, staring down a shit-stained stateside rock climate littered with Creeds, Dursts, and commercialized pop-punk. Then, with a few throwback guitar chords, well-fit jackets and a swagger generally lacking in the ‘90s, the Strokes pretty much kickstarted a new era of garage rock.
Just about ten years on, their early blueprint undisputed, the Strokes are back with their first new single in five years, the smart, skinny, jangly “Under Cover of Darkness.” While it wouldn’t seem out of place in the back-half of debut Is This It, instead it’s the lead track off next month’s fourth studio album Angles (out March 21 off RCA/Rough Trade). Yes of course: It sounds like the Strokes. But now that we're a bit removed from their initial success and rock music is once-again falling off a cliff into irrelevancy -- is that really such a bad thing?
The band is giving away "Under Cover Of Darkness" for download over the next 48 hours via thestrokes.com, but you can save yourself the added clickage (and protection of your email and mobile number) by grabbing it below.
DOWNLOAD: The Strokes “Under Cover of Darkness” [mp3]