The Strokes confirmed a new album while they treated fans to a new original song and bust-outs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on New Year’s Eve.
Following an opening set by Mac DeMarco, the indie-rock quintet made their way to the stage. Comprised of singer Julian Casablancas, bassist Nikolai Fraiture, drummer Fabrizio Moretti, and guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., many know The Strokes for aiding in the garage rock revival.
Their set consisted of songs spanning their entire 20+ year career. They started with “Heart in a Cage”. “You Only Live Once” preceded “The Modern Age”, off their 2001 debut album Is This It. Another Is This It song, “New York City Cops” followed before they played their newest song, “The Adults Are Talking”, which debuted this past May at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater.
The second half of their set commenced with “Hard to Explain” and “Ize of the World”. “Reptilia”, from their Room on Fire album, came before they rang in the new year with “Auld Lang Syne”. “Barely Legal” put the lid on their New Year’s Eve set.
They wouldn’t let fans go home without some special treats, however. After starting their encore with “Last Nite”, they invited Mac Demarco to the stage to sit-in on “Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men”. The band had not played that song since 2003.
The Strokes w/Mac DeMarco – “Modern Girls & Old Fashioned Men” – 12/31/19
[Video: Destinee S]
During a bit of friendly banter following the bust-out, Casablancas confirmed a new album was in the works for 2020. “Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon. 2020, here we come,” he said. “The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ’em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen and we’re back.”
The energetic frontman then led the band into an original debut, “Ode to the Mets”. Casablanca stretched his vocal cords on the mid-tempo tune as he rested one leg on the stage monitor. Soft guitar melodies layered atop a steady rhythm section that carried the song.
“Juicebox” followed the debut before the penultimate “What Ever Happened?” Another track off their debut album, “Someday”, ended the show.
Watch The Strokes perform the debut of “Ode to the Mets” at Barclays Center below.
The Strokes – “Ode to the Mets” – 12/31/19
[Video: Destinee S]
The album announcement compounds upon an already big 2020 for The Strokes. Lollapalooza South America and Shaky Knees recently announced The Strokes as headliners for the festivals. Visit the band’s official website for more tour information.
View a setlist of The Strokes’ New Year’s Eve performance at the Barclay’s Center below.
Setlist: The Strokes | Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY | 12/31/19
Set: Heart in a Cage, You Only Live Once, The Modern Age, New York City Cops, The Adults Are Talking, Hard to Explain, Ize of the World, Reptilia, Auld Lang Syne, Barely Legal
Encore: Last Nite, Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men, Ode to the Mets, Juicebox, What Ever Happened?, Someday
 Robert Burns
 w/Mac DeMarco
 Last time played 2003
 Original debut