New Strokes music is finally here.
After a three-year hiatus, the New York City rockers dropped a brand new scorcher, called “OBLIVIUS,” during the debut of frontman Julian Casablancas’ new monthly show on Sirius XM’s XMU station. The song appears on the group’s new EP, Future Present Past, which is streaming now via Spotify.
On Wednesday night, a Strokes video titled “Future Present Past,” which features a man running in place, was projected on the sides of buildings in New York and London. Casablancas’ label, Cult Records, shared the clip to its social media accounts with no explanation. The website for the label has also been updated with the band’s new logo, with a spinning #FuturePresentPast, the title of the new collection, in the center.
Speculation that 2016 would see a new set from the indie rockers began mounting this winter when it was announced the group would headline the opening night of Governor’s Ball in New York City on June 3. Earlier this week, when guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. was asked on Twitter if they planned to debut new music during that slot, he replied, “You’ll just have to wait and see.” Lucky for username @liam_g_c, that looks almost definite now.
Of course, both Casablancas and Hammond have stayed busy since the release of 2013’s Comedown Machine, an album for which they did not tour around. The singer has collaborated with Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth and Daft Punk, composed for the documentary The Unseen Beauty, and formed a side project with backing band the Voidz. Hammond, meanwhile, released his third solo LP, Momentary Masters, last summer and has been touring in support.
Future Present Past is currently available for pre-order. The EP is out June 3.