The Strokes debut kooky video for ‘Threat of Joy’

Last month, The Strokes surprised their fans by quietly dropping a brand new EP titled, Future Present Past. The timing couldn’t be any better at the time since they were due to perform a couple of shows that weekend including their headlining gig at the Governors Ball. On Tuesday (June 28), the New York-based band surprised their fans once again by releasing the music video for “Threat of Joy”; one of the songs featured on the four-track EP (including a remix).

The video is a little kooky, much like the band. The premise of the video revolves around a guy (government official?) trying to procure the footage recorded for “OBLIVIUS.” There are some guys dressed as pigs, the band performing on a sound stage, and we think the guys were running a newspaper at some point while a femme fatale stole the film reel. Anyways, check out the music video for “Threat of Joy” below.

“Threat of Joy” joins “OBLIVIUS” and “Drag Queen” on Future Present Past. In true Strokes fashion, there doesn’t seem to be any tour dates in support of the EP’s release. Strokes’ guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr. recently revealed in an interview that tour dates will be highly unlikely for the band.

“I don’t even know if we’re going to play any more shows…I don’t know if London might be our last show, you know what I mean? People think I’m lying but I’m just tired of trying to make some positive spin, but I’ve got no idea,” Hammond Jr. told BBC6 Music earlier this month. But then again, maybe you shouldn’t trust everything you read. After all, there were years of speculation that The Strokes was set to release new music and that didn’t pan out until mid-way through 2016.

The Strokes stream new song, announce new EP

The week may not be over yet, but it looks like The Strokes are doing their best to make it feel like the weekend. On Thursday (May 26), the New York-based band release a brand new song. During the inaugural episode of his new radio show on Sirius XM, frontman Julian Casablancas premiered a brand new song from the band. The new track is titled “OBLIVIUS” and can currently be streamed on Cult Records’ website here.

In addition to the new song, the band has also announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled FuturePresentPast. “OBLIVIUS” will be joined by two other new tunes titled “Drag Queen” and “Threat of Joy.” According to Consequence of Sound, the band will reportedly stream the other two tracks later today. The FuturePresentPast EP will be released on June 3 through Cult Records, just in time for the band’s performance at New York’s Governors Ball during the weekend of June 3-5.

Pre-orders for the FuturePresentPast EP are currently available on the record label’s website and features a slew of bundles that range from a normal digital download to a bundle that includes the vinyl-version of the EP and a shirt. All orders will include a remixed version of  “OBLIVIUS” by Fab Moretti. The cover art for the new record can be seen below.


The EP is the first batch of new songs from the band since 2013’s lukewarmly received album, Comedown Machine.