The New York band has been media-shy in the run-up to the album, which has been preceded by the falsetto-led left turn "One Way Trigger" and gritty old-Strokes consolidation "All the Time." But bassist Nikolai Fraiture took some time yesterday to chat with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe from Bob Dylan's old stoop in New York's West Village. Asked flat-out if the Strokes will tour, Fraiture answered, "I don't know." Much awkward laughter ensued, after which Lowe asked if Fraiture, personally, would like tour. "I would love to, yes," he replied.
The rest of the interview was fairly light on revelations. Fraiture said the band recorded 10 or 11 songs at New York's famed Electric Lady studios. The process was more collaborative than the last time around, he said: "It was kind of all five of us going back and forth hashing out an album like the good old days." In a more representative moment, asked if he likes being in the studio, Fraiture said: "I love being in the studio, I love touring, I love doing everything." So there you have it. The Strokes love lamp.