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The Strokes are an American rock band formed 1998 in New York City by singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Casablancas, Valensi and Moretti originally met as students at high school in Manhattan. Some years later Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr met while attending an elite school in Switzerland. Hammond Jr. is the son of 1970's pop/rock artist Albert Hammond, who had a big hit in 1972 with the song "It Never Rains in Southern California". The band lineup remains unchanged to the present day. Their career took off with the release of their superb 2001 debut album Is This It, which contained the hit single "New York City Cops". The mainstream music media such as NME and Rolling Stone gave the album rave reviews, comparing it to earlier New York new-wave bands such as Television, albeit with poppier song hooks. To-date the band has released six studio albums, the most recent release being 2020's The New Abnormal, which some say is their best work since their debut. Standout albums include Is This It, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth and The New Abnormal. Both Casablancas and Hammond have also released solo albums. The band has been mentioned by many critics and Artists as one of the most influential Indie bands to emerge in the past two decades.
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