The Strokes are no stranger to using their music as a means to get what they want from people. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see them dropping a new song into a Maya Wiley TV ad, and also (probably reluctantly) cover ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’
After their highly coveted Irving Plaza set two weeks ago, the band has now released an official teaser for ‘Starting Again,’ a song gloriously infused with indie 90’s nostalgia. And of course, clips from the concert were used to cultivate the ad in support of Wiley.
The new song was co-written by Julian Casablancas and Gregg Alexander (formerly of New Radicals), co-produced by Alexander and David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Bangles). A dream team, if you will.
If you were itching to bruise yourself listening to good music, this concert was indeed the place to be. A sold-out, fully vaccinated 1,200-cap event was on the minds of the most angst-ridden Stokes fans. For one thing, quite a few friendly faces even turned up. You can catch Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her boisterous energy on stage in the video.
As you can see, fans were also treated to a comedy sketch by the esteemed John Mulaney, and an appearance by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange (earlier this year at the Grammy’s, Dev played bass for Harry Styles who wore that now-infamous lime green boa).
Sadly, the new song didn’t show up on the Strokes’ setlist after Maya Wiley spoke. But quite a few tracks off the profound The New Abnormal were played! (Side note: ‘Why Are Sundays So Depressing’ was reportedly not performed either. How rude).
Surely it’s no shock to see everyone and their mothers tuned into this event. Fans recall spotting Maggie Rogers up on the balcony. Some claim to have even seen actor Charlie Heaton (aka Jonathan Byers from Stranger Things).
For a glimpse at the absolute euphoria barraging within the venue, check out this crowd-surfer who shakes hands with Casablancas, undoubtedly having the time of their life in the audience.
The Strokes: Unplugged
Before the new song, The Strokes curated a virtual fundraiser/unplugged performance for Maya Wiley back in May. There, the band put together a cover of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ now uploaded to Youtube below for your alt-rock needs. In true suave Casablancas fashion, Julian sings a rather comical-sounding version to the original. Cloaked in a style of auto-tune that’s reminiscent of his time with The Voidz.
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