Detractors can say what they want about The Strokes and their recent half-decade gap between studio albums, but Julian Casablancas & co. are truly one of the harder working bands in the business. They spent their weekend killing it in front of tens of thousands of sunburned bodies at Coachella, but the band – Casablancas, bassist Nikolai Fraiture, drummer Fabrizio Moretti, and guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., — returned to action last night with an appearance on Conan.
The 32-year-old Casablancas re-donned his trademark shades and the band made their way through a faithful, yet-more subdued, version of Angles’ sixth track, “Games”. All of the song’s parts were present, but hearing the way Hammond’s synth fills or Moretti’s percussion come through on television (or worse yet, laptop) speakers, does no justice to how it sounds on record or live. It’s still a treat to see the band on stage, but no one seemed more pleased with the performance than Casablancas himself who countered O’Brien’s “Thank You!”’s with a very gracious bow and a “Love you, thank you, great show” of his own.
Check out the song, and the ensuing love fest above. Hat tip to The AudioPerv for always being there on the morning after.