I like the idea of Julian Casablancas having a new band and making some new rock music; however, I’m not sure about the actuality. Tyranny, the album released in September of last year by The Voidz, has some gratifying moments of weirdo-pop rock listenability, but for a lot of the album I feel like Casablancas is just trying to make my car’s speakers give up the ghost through death by distortion. They’re not great speakers anyway, so perhaps that’s not a bad way to go, at the hands of a not-inestimable rock god. You’re welcome, Julian. You’re welcome.
Suggested Use: Background music for leveling up on your favorite video game. Farming some experience points from a familiar area of a cherished RPG? Put this album on. Seems appropriate for cynical, sneering debasement of bad guys you’ve vanquished a couple of times already. Afterwards, for a more positive listening experience and some toe-tapping-dish-washing music from another member of The Strokes, you can always turn to Albert Hammond, Jr. He’s had a couple of albums that are worth a listen, or so I’ve heard.