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Fun, flip, but unfailingly on point, Future finds The Strokes as they’ve always been. The New York band’s sound remains a beguiling pastiche of '70s rock, post-punk, New Wave, and beyond, blended together so smoothly that it’s hard to tell what came from where—from the strange, Bowie-esque disco visions of “Drag Queen” to the comparatively straightforward “Threat of Joy,” which, more than anything, just sounds like the Strokes. But the highlight is “OBLIVIUS,” where singer Julian Casablancas soars into a chorus that seems to stand outside time entirely. Has any title—with its sly suggestion that the future came first and the past is where we’re at now—ever summed up a band better?

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Even though I was hoping for thier Indie debut to be a full LP I will take what I get. Oblivious is a great new song. I was worried about the band since Jullian went out on his own. No Need everybody brought the fire to this project.

Give me some more, nimble Julian

The galloping bass lines and arcadian guitars literally move me to a different place, because I am dancing like a fairy through a field of clover. Oblivius made me oblivious to the world around me and I danced into Fort Knox and stole all the gold. 10/10 thank you Strokes

The Strokes

Whether you became a fan through their older or new styles, one of these songs is bound to have something for you. Threat of Joy (Past) has chrisp nostalgic chords with the classic lo-fi vocals, calling back to the days of Is This It. Oblivius (Present)is just one big groovy track that seems to be an improvement upon their Comedown Machine sound, with a sweet riff and bass, popping drum rhythm, and some intense vocals from Jules, this is my personal favorite of the EP. Drag Queen (Future) might be a bit hard to absorb at first if your musical taste buds haven't been listening to The Strokes or Julian's side projects, but it is at worst a slow burn, and still stands as a strong track. Fab's remix of Oblivius, while lacking without the guitars in my opinion, transforms the somewhat lacking chorus of the song into a much more powerful tune that shows that with just a bit more fine tuning, the boys can still rock. As a fan, it's hard no to be biased about Future Present Past, but it is definitely worth a listen for those who haven't heard of the Strokes, as it can give one a gaze into where they came from and where they might be headed in the future as a band.


Formed: 1998 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Equally inspired by classic tunesmiths like Buddy Holly and John Lennon and the street-smart attitude and angular riffs of fellow New Yorkers Television and the Velvet Underground, the Strokes were also equally blessed and cursed with an enormous amount of hype -- particularly from the U.K. music press, whose adulation for the group rivaled their fervor for Oasis in the early '90s. Barely in their twenties by the time their debut album, Is This It, arrived in 2001, singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas,...
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