Julian Casablancas + The Voidz’s 'Tyranny': What You Need To Know
Uber-cool New York rocker Julian Casablancas is back, but not with The Strokes. His first record with his new outfit The Vodiz, Tyranny drops next week, and it’s a big departure from his garage rock roots. Here’s what you need to know…
What’s the background?
With The Strokes having being relatively quite since the release of last year’s Comedown Machine, frontman Julian Casablancas is back with a new side project. His 2009 solo album Phrazes For the Young already saw him take a poppier route than we’re used to, but his new band The Voidz are something else entirely. The tracks debuted so far are loud, harsh and uncomprimising.
Instead of taking it’s lead from 60s garage rock, there’s more of an 80s punk video (especially with the VHS-inspired promos), mixed with lots of heavy distorted synths in there as well. The band, featuring Nine Inch Nails tour drummer Alex Carapetis and Whitestarr guitarist Jeramy Gritter amongst it’s line-up, have been making appearances at festivals throughout the summer and are now set to release their debut album Tyranny.
Who’s producing it?
Shawn Everett, who also co-produced Weezer’s last album Hurley alongside frontman Rivers Cuomo.
What are the standout tracks?
New single ‘Where No Eagles Fly’ is a highly enjoyable raucous onslaught of punk rock, which keeps changing pace at odd moments and even finds time to break down into a synth bit in the middle. The most memorable track by far though is the epic 11-minute ‘Human Sadness’. It throws in everything but the kitchen sink – including a traditional Stroke-like guitar line, some elector-pop, a Jesus And Mary Chain like wall of sound, Casablancas heavily-distorted vocals and even some 80s video game bleeps – but somehow it all comes together.
Does it deliver?
It won’t be for everyone – anyone expecting anything like ‘Last Night’ or ‘Hard To Explain’ will be disappointed. But it’s certain a unique, exciting record that definitely more interesting than the last two Strokes albums. Those that like it will absolutely adore it – and even those that don’t will find something to enjoy.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz debut album Tyranny is released on Monday (September 23rd) and is available for pre-order in hmv stores now.