In 2001, the Strokes helped usher in a massive rock revival with their stunning debut Is This It. SPIN has been along for the ride from the beginning, reporting on the quintet's early shows and first U.K. invasion, putting them on three magazine covers, and even reviewing their recent solo projects.
As the leaders of Manhattan's Lower East Side music scene gear up for the release of their new album Angles on March 22, take a look back at the band's ride to the top.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »