The Strokes are set to release their newest single, “Under Cover Of Darkness,” on February 9th via a stream on their website. The song will be available to download for free for 48 hours from www.thestrokes.com , and will arrive at radio on the same day. “Under Cover Of Darkness” will be available to purchase digitally in the US via iTunes on February 15th.
Rolling Stone had nothing but superlatives to say regarding “Under Cover Of Darkness,” awarding the song 4 stars. They proclaimed that the song “barrels into the bar with “Return to Form” written on its forehead…The Strokes give us that same old song one more time, primed and polished for a new age.”
The song is the band’s first released track from their highly anticipated upcoming album Angles, out on March 22nd via RCA records in the US, and March 21st via Rough Trade Records in the UK. Angles is the band’s first new release since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth and marks the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the band’s earlier albums Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire (2003). In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits. Time Out Chicago hailed the Lollapalooza performance as “the best set I’ve seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. Better than… who headlined last year? …The crowd…was euphoric.”
And here is what Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone had to say......
The lead single from the first new Strokes record in five years barrels into the bar with “Return to Form” written on its forehead. “Under Cover of Darkness” (set to be released February 9th on the band’s website) takes the basic elements of their sound, breaks it down, builds it back up and expands it: the skinny-tie boogie bounce of “Last Nite,” wave after wave of cute and sharp interlocking guitar, and a grand, gaping chorus where Julian Casablancas torments his vowels like he’s got them trapped in his secret basement laboratory. The band members even throw in tricky tempo changes and a weird, slow breakdown just to show us they’ve been woodshedding. “I’ve been all around this town/Everybody’s been singing the same song for 10 years,” Casablancas observes. So the Strokes give us that same old song one more time, primed and polished for a new age.”
www.NME.com adds a few more details about the new single...
The song will be available from the band's website, Thestrokes.com, from 7:35pm (GMT). It will be available to download for 48 hours.
The track will also be released as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single on April 16, Record Store Day.
'Under Cover Of Darkness' is the first song to be taken from The Strokes' new album, 'Angles', which is out on March 21. It'll be the New York band's first album since 2006's 'First Impressions Of Earth'.
This is the first time in a long time that I have been this excited about a single song release. I am a huge Strokes fan and from the 30 second snippet I heard the other day I was drooling at the sound of Under Cover of Darkness. This could be The Strokes year at return to greatness. We shall see but make sure you get to their website tomorrow and pick up the free download. Remember it is only available for 2 days so don't forget. I will send out another reminder tomorrow as well.