Album:Is This It
The alt rock band The Strokes had success with the 2001 album Is This It and the single Last Nite. Though they are American, they were a much bigger deal in England. The Strokes are from New York City. The lead singer and songwriter is Julian Casablancas. He is the son of Elite Modelling owner John Casablancas. Casablancas, guitarist Nick Valensi, bassist Nakolai Fraiture and drummer Fab Moretti went to school together. When Casablancas was sent to school in Switzerland, he met guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. His dad Albert Hammond scored a big hit with It Never Rains In Southern California in 1972. When Hammond moved to New York to attend Tisch School of the Arts, he shared an apartment with Casablancas. And that's when The Strokes began. They got a deal with Rough Trade in England and an EP was released. When an mp3 of Last Nite was given away in the British music paper NME, there was enough buzz to start a bidding war for The Strokes which was won by RCA. Is This It was released October 2001 and it did fine. The album was certified Platinum but The Strokes never had a hit single. They got most of their airplay on Alt Rock radio. They were much bigger in England because the music press hyped them and Rough Trade knew how to use that hype. Is This It is available as a budget CD. Of course The Strokes toured. This album was their peak. They recorded three albums and they all did OK especially in England. They went on hiatus in 2006. Hammond released a couple of solo albums. Casablancas released a solo album in 2009. The Strokes reformed in 2009. They still tour and they have released a couple of albums. It looks like they are in the process of recording new music now. Here's the video for Last Nite by The Strokes.