Confirming Julian Casablancas's recent Twitter activity, Albert Hammond Jr. tells Rolling Stone, "The record is done and awaiting mixing. We’re all really excited to be stepping into the next chapter. We spent the last 6 months recording in my studio upstate and we are beyond thrilled with the 10 songs we have for this record. We cannot wait for everyone to hear it. I’m positive that you’ll be as excited as we are.” The RS piece also mentions that the original sessions, at New York City's Avatar studios, were scrapped in favor of the ones held at Hammond Jr.'s house. Scrapped! Did Julian — who at one point explained he was ceding control of the process to his bandmates for the first time — step in and ruthlessly take over at the last minute? It's either that, or the original songs were just rerecorded upstate. Anyway, yay, the new Strokes album is still finished. [StrokesNews via 24Bit]
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