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Are The Strokes back in action with new material, and what exactly is 'The New Abnormal'?

It looks like new stuff from The Strokes may be imminent.
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Published: 9:25 pm, February 07, 2020 Photos: Patrick Gunning.
Are The Strokes back in action with new material, and what exactly is 'The New Abnormal'?

Friday evening, Dear Reader, is supposed to be a time of relaxation. We put away our laptops, we make a nice dinner, we stick on the telly and switch off. Unless, of course, bloody Indie royalty decides that isn't happening. Enter, The Strokes.

Yep, it looks like NYC's New Rock Revolution cool kids are 'back at it' - or at least that's what guitarist Albert Hammond Jr's social media accounts seem to suggest. On there, you'll find a short video clip, complete with the text 'The New Abnormal' and, tellingly, 'The Strokes'.

Alongside the video is the caption: "You think you’ve been waiting⁣. But the wait has just begun...⁣⁣ Welcome to thenewabnormal." 

There's also the hashtag #thestrokes2020.

No, we've no idea what this means, but with a new album from the band expected this year, chances are new material is imminent. 

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You think you’ve been waiting⁣ But the wait has just begun...⁣⁣ Welcome to #basquiat #thenewabnormal ⁣⁣ #thestrokes2020

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Update: That's since been followed up by more posts from the band's main social media account. You can check that out below.

The Strokes kicked off 2020 with a live show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and in the process confirmed there'll be a new album coming later this year.

“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon! 2020, here we come,” frontman Julian Casablancas told the crowd at the time. “The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen and we’re back. If you really love someone, you’ll be frozen with them. You know what? I don’t know what I say generally, and I ramble a lot, but I love you guys, and it’s a real honour to share the stage and this night with you guys.”

Earlier this week, The Strokes announced they're set to play Finnish event Flow Festival, Sweden's Way Out West, and Norway's Øya Festival. They join an increasingly packed summer for the band, who are already signed up for Primavera Sound, Best Kept Secret, Garorock, Rock Werchter, and NOS Alive.

Keep 'em peeled.

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