If you were a fan of rock and roll during the turn of the century into the aughts, then you would know Julian Casablancas. As the lead singer and most popular member of the New York rock band The Strokes, Julian and his band were hailed as the saviors of rock and roll when they stormed onto the scene with ascendant debut record This Is It. Not only where The Strokes considered the kings of the New York rock scene with their throbbing psychedelic garage-rock, but they were also the epitome of cool with their leather jackets and nonchalant unkempt looks.
And while The Strokes never quite reached the heights that their debut record promised, the band still kept up with a number of good records and were even able to conjure a comeback despite enduring band-infighting and clashing personalities. Casablancas himself released a solo funky record Phrazes for the Young. And now after a decade and half of doing “cool” garage rock, it seems that Casablancas is ready to re-invent himself. Enter Julian Casablancas + The Voidz.
With their debut record Tyranny, this new incarnation of Julian Casablancas is as far removed as you would think from The Strokes. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are crass and loud and chaotic. Lead single Where No Eagles Fly defies all traditional conventions and goes more than ten minutes long. Though initially off-putting, especially for those who were looking for a reincarnation of The Strokes, Tyranny becomes interesting if you take it for what it is – a sneering, mashing rock sound brimming with ideas. Never has Casabalancas sound so engaged as he has in Tyranny. Confidently self-assured and vehemently confrontational, Tyranny is worth at least a look-see and definitely a listen.
Watch the video for crazy first single Where No Eagles Fly embedded below.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny comes out 9/23 via Cult Records (order here)