The Strokes – “Under Cover of Darkness”
This single marks the return of the Strokes — in more ways than one. The band hasn’t released a record since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, one that saw them take a more polished approach than they were known for. The band first gained attention with the garage-rock revival of the early Aughts, storming out of New York City with a sound that recalled early punk rock and the Velvet Underground. This song finds them hammering their way back to the sound that made them famous — Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr.’s dueling guitars, Julian Casablancas’ partially obscured lyrical drone, and a punchy, tight rhythm section.