10 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About CRX

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 in 2013. CRX recruited Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to produce their debut album, New Skin, which arrived in October 2016. ~ Heather Phares

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