It’s been two-and-a-half years since The Strokes made music together, and no one really seems sure what the layoff will do to the band’s sound. Bassist Nikolai Fraiture has been especially vocal about the uncertainty, recently telling Billboard, “I think that it’s really everybody’s way of kinda regrouping and being themselves again. That way the next album we’ll feel fresh again and we’ll have new ideas."

Actually, I can really see the logic in splitting up briefly to help unity in the long run. Sometimes people need a little space to fail on their own and remind themselves why they need each other. Of course, sometimes one of the member’s solo runs is wildly well-received and they have no interest in reconvening. It’s all a big crap shoot, really. Thankfully, that solo success doesn’t seem likely for any of The Strokes.

They’ll hit the studio in February, which will likely produce an album around Christmas/ early 2010. I’ll probably buy it.

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