The Strokes' fourth studio album, their first since 2006, won't see the light of day until 2011, says frontman Julian Casablancas.
While the singer announced earlier this year that the as-yet-untitled record might arrive in September, he just told BBC that the New York rockers are "almost halfway" finished with the album, but it won't be released until March 2011.
"We wanted to do it for months, maybe a year now, and we keep thinking 'Okay, we'll do it for these three weeks and we'll be done,'" Casablancas said. "And then we do it, and then we'll decide we're not done, or something comes in the way."
But while the album isn't moving along as seamlessly as expected, Casablancas expressed optimism about his band's future.
"I hate it when bands break up and never play again," he said. "No one has a foot out the door. I think everyone wants to play in the band for their whole life, so I'll always be down to do Strokes stuff."
The Strokes have a busy summer ahead, with July dates set for Australia and a headlining slot at next month's Lollapalooza in Chicago, followed by Outside Lands in San Francisco. In June, the Strokes gave their first performance in three years at a small London club under the fake moniker Venison.
Before the next round of Strokes gigs, Casablancas will take his solo album, Phrazes for the Young, on tour through Europe. Check out the rest of his summer dates here. Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, meanwhile, is trying his hand at modeling, appearing in a new Elle magazine spread with his Little Joy bandmate/girlfriend Binki Shapiro. Check out the pics here.
And fans who can't wait any longer for new Strokes material can check out a video here of Strokes members recording a track for the album called "Taken for a Fool."
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