Aside from joining back up with the Strokes, palling around with Arcade Fire and a series of high-profile festival dates under his own name, news comes today that Julian Casablancas has also apparently been working on an LP called Tyranny with his new band (under the moniker Julian Casablancas + the Voidz) due September 23 on his own Cult label.
Over the early part of this year, Casablancas and his new outfit have used a string of smaller tour stops to debut new tracks, and now its been confirmed that the new material was in anticipation of his follow-up to 2009's Phrazes for the Young.
In a press release, Casablancas outlined anti-corporate meaning of the album's title, a sentiment which seemed to echo his earlier comments that this might be a "protest record."
"Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history," Casablancas said. "Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)."
As far as that last bit, at least he's aware of his complicity in the system he's criticizing. You can preorder the new record for the seemingly arbitrary price of $3.87 on the Cult website. Check out a grainy album teaser video above, and the full slate of his fall tour below, alongside Tyranny's album cover.
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz tour dates:
August 14 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Diana
August 16 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Ceremonia
August 23-24 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
October 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 17 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 18 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
October 20 - Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
October 21 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
October 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
October 28 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
October 30 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
October 31 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
November 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
November 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
November 11 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
November 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox