Julian Casablancas and his new band The Voidz are on a mission. To defeat corporate tyranny and greed through their promising new experimental album. With their album costing a bargain price of $3.87, this new venture is clearly about artistically making a stand. It might not be enough to topple all the greed and corruption in the music industry, but its providing cheap music, and from the sounds of it, excellent music too. Just a week after the first release from the band, a second, more conventional, song called ‘Where No Eagles Fly’ has been revealed alongside a rough, retro style video.
‘Where No Eagles Fly’ crashes chaotically between bass driven verses, screamed choruses and synth breaks. Similarly last weeks ‘Human Sadness’ was plastered in noise, as if signals from other tracks were interfering. This hectic distortedness works perfectly with both tracks, enhancing the lo-fi textures brilliantly.
The bass line is infectious as hell and seems, at some points, like the only stable part of the song. The synths, along with the Voidz logo have an old video game quality to them, while the loud crunching guitars echo the aggressive and retro aesthetic of the new group’s video. “We plot in our sleep but follow orders all day” drones Casablancas, channelling ideas from George Orwell’s 1984 before snapping into a frenzied chorus of “meat, predators eat meat. Predators eat meat!”
While ‘Human Sadness’ lacked legibility, it made up for in depth. But this new track is all about the energy. It more than proves that Julian doesn’t like “hearing the same genre for three songs in a row.” He’s made this new song sound like three genres itself! Both tracks are much more ‘Art Rock’ and experimental than any Strokes work before.
As The Voidz look to fill the unexplored in-between area of music, the rewards should follow. This anarchy seems to have breathed new life into the Strokes frontman and the new album is looking very exciting indeed. More politically charged, Casablancas explains the reasoning for the new album:
“Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).” Tyranny is out on September 23rd on Casablancas’ own Cult Records. You can buy the album on CD, Vinyl, Cassette, Digital Download or USB Lighter sleeve here.