The Strokes are back 

Only a few years after firebrand outfit The Strokes released its influential “Is This It” debut in 2001, fans were left wondering: Was that truly it for the New York rockers?

After a lackluster third set, “First Impression Of Earth” in 2006, the group splintered into separate projects, with frontman Julian Casablancas making the most headway with his inventive “Phrazes For The Young” solo record.

But in a phrase, that is not it for The Strokes.

On March 22 the band returns with a fourth offering, “Angles,” led by a flagship single that hits radio next month, “Under Cover Of Darkness.”

Casablancas and company had actually reassembled before this, testing the 2010 water with festival gigs around the world at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, the Isle Of Wight and Splendour In The Grass.

On March 12, they’ll premiere the new record with a one-off gig at Las Vegas venue The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, before heading to Japan.

Here are the remaining tracks: “Machu Picchu,” “Two Kinds Of Happiness,” “You’re So Right,” “Taken For A Fool,” “Games,” “Call Me Back,” “Gratisfaction,” “Metabolism,” and “Life Is Simple In The Moonlight.”

For more Strokes gratisfaction, visit www.thestrokes.com.

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