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The Strokes are an American rock and roll band who formed in New York City and gained fame for their live shows. The Modern Age (EP) was released in 2001 and sparked a bidding war among record labels. The Strokes released their debut album Is This It in the U.S. in October 2001 on RCA and their sophomore album Room on Fire in October 2003.

Along with other New York City-based rock bands, the Strokes helped to launch a revival of a post-punk, "stripped-down" and raw sound genre. Their success at the early part of the 21st century helped to revive garage rock.

Straight out of New York, the Strokes ignited the neo-garage rock movement in 2001, paving the way for the Hives' and the White Stripes' acceptance into the U.S. mainstream.

The quintet came with an interesting pedigree. Singer Julian Casablancas is the son of modeling mogul John, while Albert Hammond Jr.'s father scored the '70s pop hit "It Never Rains In Southern California." Despite those connection, the Strokes sound is influenced more by acts ranging from Television, the Velvet Underground, and Iggy Pop to the Doors and Tom Petty than runway fashion or '70s singer-songwriters.

Initially gaining notice with three-song The Modern Age EP (released in the U.K. on Rough Trade and picked up for U.S. release on Beggars Banquet), the Strokes soon landed a U.S. deal with RCA, with the buzz about the band growing on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Strokes lived up to the hype when they delivered their debut full-length, Is This It, in the U.K. in 2001. Adding to the band's appeal was a Spinal Tap, "Smell the Glove"-inspired album cover, featuring a gloved hand on a woman's bare backside, and the anti-police rave-up "New York City Cops." Although the band went with a different cover and omitted the controversial song in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when the album was released in America, it was greeted enthusiastically by the press and hipsters alike.
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While the band scored a top 10 modern rock hit with "Last Nite," landed dates opening for the Rolling Stones, and was named band of the year in 2002 by Spin, Is This It was only a minor hit on a commercial level. The album was certified gold for sales of 500,000. Still, the Strokes undoubtedly helped open up the door at commercial radio for the garage rock sound favored by such acts as the White Stripes and the Hives.

Sessions on their second album began with producer Nigel Godrich, known for his work with Radiohead and Beck, but the teaming didn't pan out. Instead, the Strokes reunited Gordon Raphael, who produced their debut album, on Room On Fire, which was released in the fall of 2003.

Band members
Julian Casablancas - vocals
Nick Valensi - guitar
Albert Hammond Jr. - guitar
Nikolai Fraiture - bass
Fabrizio Moretti - drums

Influences
Blondie
Bob Marley
The Cars
The Cure
The Doors
Guns N' Roses
Television
The Velvet Underground

Contemporaries
The White Stripes
The Hives
The Libertines
The Vines

Discography
The Modern Age EP, 2001
Is This It LP, October 2001 (with DVD version 2002)
Room on Fire LP (October 28, 2003)
Live in London Live LP (album was planned for release on October 12, 2004, but it has been abandoned due to recording quality problems)

Singles
The Modern Age, 2001
Last Nite, 2001
NYC Cops, 2001
Hard to Explain, 2002
Someday, 2002
12:51, 2003
Reptilia, 2004
The End Has No End, 2004, first played on radio by KROQ in May 2004
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