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Julian Casablancas on The Strokes

In today’s Ticket, there is an interview with Julian Casablancas. While he is naturally talking about his banging new solo album “Phrazes of the Young”, talk also turns to The Strokes. The band have already announced a couple of festival …

Fri, Jan 8, 2010, 15:51

   

In today’s Ticket, there is an interview with Julian Casablancas.

While he is naturally talking about his banging new solo album “Phrazes of the Young”, talk also turns to The Strokes. The band have already announced a couple of festival dates for 2010 – and are supposed to be back in the studio this month working on album number four – but Casablancas was not exactly jumping up and down about it. Here’s the relevant extract (complete with some quotes which got edited out for space reasons)

So is Casablancas looking forward to becoming a full-time Stroke again?

“To be honest, no, but I’ll do it. It’s hard because I have to be careful about what I say about this. I do an interview here in Ireland and speak my mind and end up upsetting other people in the band and they’ll be busting my balls about what I said to you.”

That doesn’t sound like fun.

“It sucks. The tension and the stress of that whole time with the last album was such a downer that I’m, yeah, guarded about what might happen next. I mean, we have never really worked together, at least not in the way I understand the term.”

It must be even more difficult when you remember the early days, when you and the other young guns were having a ball just making music together.

“The music part is not hard, it’s all the crap that comes with it that I find hard. Working on music is when I’m happiest.

“When we took the ferry here from Scotland last night, I got to sit and work for an hour and a half and I was so happy. I love stage one of any idea. The hardest part of it is easy because it’s fun.

“But then when it comes to all this other shite, when you’re dealing with people and their people and trying to get things done and dealing with different ways of getting things done and all the challenges that takes, man, that’s hard.

“What are you going to do? This is what I do, that ain’t going to change. These solo shows I’m doing now are the first time I’ve been onstage since I took a break. I didn’t miss it or I didn’t really get excited about it, but I have found, as the tour went on, that I’ve been enjoying it more than I ever have. I think I wasn’t really enjoying it before.”

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