Angles (partially found Strokes demo recordings; 2009-2010)

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Cover art.

Status: Partially Found

The Strokes is an indie rock band that originated from New York City. They were from the indie rock revival era of the 2000's, with Is This It being their debut album.


After a break, the band decided to record a new album in 2009 which they would eventually title Angles. The band had difficulties finding motivation to write new material. Their producer (Joe Chiccarelli) got them to write 18 songs that were reminiscent of their material on Is This It with a few "modern" twists.[1] Dissatisfied with Chiccarelli's "reserved" methods of production, Julian Cassablancas (the band's leader and vocalist) fired the producer.[2] All but one of the 18 recorded tracks were thrown out for the final album.[3] When the album was released in March 2011, it was met with a mixed reception.


Julian Casablancas is in possession of the tracks, but he refuses to release them. Bootlegs from the recent era of The Strokes are rare and it is unlikely these songs will see a release anytime soon.

On December 22nd, 2020, The Strokes made reference to the demo tapes in their YouTube-hosted podcast "5guys talking about things they know nothing about". During the podcast, a snippet of the demo for "Taken for A Fool" was played. Rhythm guitarist Nick Valensi also revealed in the podcast that he has the demos saved in his iTunes.


"Life Is Simple In The Moonlight", the only released track from the 2009 sessions.

Snippet of "Taken for A Fool" demo (5:52-6:20).