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The Strokes’ Nick Valensi's migration from New York to Los Angeles manifests itself in both heavier sound and subject matter on his solo project, CRX. New Skin is fueled by a twin-guitar power-pop attack that will feel familiar to Strokes fans, yet balanced by a touch of metal (“Walls,” “On Edge”). Producer Josh Homme gives the New Skin a sturdy foundation—guitars are crisp and curling, bass firmly in pocket, and cymbals mic’d so nice you can almost feel the pulsating air tickle your eardrums.

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This is honestly an amazing debut album by a side project band! You should really look into it! I will stick and look forward to their future albums when the time comes!

YES !!

I'm digging the vibes on these 2 tracks! Nick Valensi is stepping out into the spotlight and I love it. Can't wait to hear the whole album.

So tough

Some interesting stuff, two potential hits. But why is it so tough for the ex- current- whatever-Strokes to write songs with hooks, recognizable tunes/choruses? They did it so well at the beginning and have struggled ever since.


Genre: Alternative

Borrowing the shiniest and crunchiest bits of '70s and '80s power pop and metal, CRX feature vocalist/guitarist Nick Valensi, drummer Ralph Alexander, bassist Jon Safley, and guitarists/vocalists Richie Follin and Darian Zahedi. Valensi is also lead guitarist for the Strokes, while Alexander is also a member of the Dose, Safley comes from the Reflections, and Follin plays with Guards. Inspired by their shared love of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, and the Cars, they started playing together...
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