The Strokes for Hump Day. Recorded live at ULU in London in 2005, coinciding with the release of First Impressions Of Earth, which came out in January of 2006.
The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1998, the band is composed of singer Julian Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band has continued to release new music through Casablancas’ Cult Records.
Met with widespread critical acclaim, the Strokes’ 2001 debut, Is This It, helped usher in the garage rock revival movement of the early-21st century—and ranks number eight on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, number two on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the ’00s, 199 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and number four in the NME top 500 albums of all time.
In late September 2005, “Juicebox”, the first single from the Strokes’ then unreleased third album, was leaked online, forcing the single’s release date to be advanced. The single was then released as an exclusive on online download services. “Juicebox” became the Strokes’ second UK Top 10 hit, as well as their second US Modern Rock Top 10 success. During November and December 2005 the Strokes did a promotional tour for the still unreleased album, which involved doing one-off shows in major cities around the world. Their third album, First Impressions of Earth, was released in January 2006 to mixed reviews and debuted at number four in the US and number one in the UK, a first for the band. In Japan it went gold within the first week of release. It was also the most downloaded album for two weeks on iTunes. Fraiture claimed that the album was “like a scientific breakthrough”. In January 2006, the band then made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live playing “Juicebox” and “You Only Live Once”.
Here is one of the concerts from that November-December 2005 promotional tour, in case you missed it the first time around.
Crank it up – it’s all downhill from here (week-wise).