Lost their edge?

Jun 22

Lost their edge?

Posted by Shara808 on

Okay... I hope I don't offend anyone because I know you guys are die-hard Strokes fans, but does anyone else feel that The Strokes have lost their edge? And by The Strokes, I mean Julian.
If you watch the MTV $2 Bill concert... Julian commands the stage. He looks the audience right in their eyes. He's moving around the stage and he's very intense with his delivery. He even brings the audience up on stage at one point and wails right in their faces. He jacks with the camera man and roughs up his mic stand.... the kid was confident and exuded charisma. He was the bomb!
Now fast forward to FIOE... where'd that confidence go? Look at his body language on stage. He sings with his eyes closed and he's grasping the mic stand close and wrapping his free arm around his chest... he's almost in a fetal position when he's singing. I don't think he felt as strongly about the last album as the first. Just an observation. Perhaps he needed a break before FIOE... you can't force creativity, right?
Thoughts? Feelings?

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[quote="matthewthall"]They had a lot to prove in the beginning. There was so much hype around Is this it plus they were being hailed as "the saviors of rock n' roll" how could julian not look the crowd in the eye and give them the performance of a lifetime? Plus being that young and having free drinks thrown at you, they were living the dream. Now that they are older and don't have as much to prove, i think their stage presence has dwindled down to not as wild and rambunctious.[/quote]

AMEN!

I think they are raw as hell and they know they dont have to prove it by making a show and acting like monkeys.

As far as I know, Julian has improved his body language. When The Strokes were touring with FIOE, he developed a few dance steps !!!! Just take a look of the video of You Only Live Once.
Former times, I did not see that.
Besides, I think that he closes his eyes when singing because he is visualizing and remembering the songs and perhaps he feels what he is singing.
At last but not least, I agree with the idea that time doesn't go by in vain... come on... he is almost 30 !! I'm 28 and I can't wear heels any more.... jejejeje.

They had a lot to prove in the beginning. There was so much hype around Is this it plus they were being hailed as "the saviors of rock n' roll" how could julian not look the crowd in the eye and give them the performance of a lifetime? Plus being that young and having free drinks thrown at you, they were living the dream. Now that they are older and don't have as much to prove, i think their stage presence has dwindled down to not as wild and rambunctious.

[quote="Shara808"]
Now fast forward to FIOE... where'd that confidence go? Look at his body language on stage.[/quote]

he smashed a camera with his mic stand at hurricane 06 ;)

Yeah, you may all be right. He probably got his confidence from the bottle back in the day, and I know he's older now and uses his voice more and I know they've been touring non-stop for years. Poor, tormented Julian.
Honestly, I can't wait until the 4th album is released. I really do love The Strokes. Thanks for the thoughts.
Much love

i think jules was drunk all those times! really!! and plus they are getting older and tired of touring that much!
that's my opinion!

They're stuck in that place of having to write hits to please the label, yet maintain their "indie" status for their existing fans. Also, unless Julian is in a recovery program, he's almost certain to go back to drinking. The dude's got the alcohol gene. He's not AS out of control as Andy Dick, but he is in denial over his drinking problem.

Julian does that because he now uses more of his singing voice.. in earlier songs even though it was good for the songs, he was kinda just out there in the distance and the sound was kinda monotone, but in FIOE he like REALLY sings, you know what i mean? hence, its harder on the vocal chords and stuff. its good though. i dont think they've lost their edge.. they still got it but its just somewhat different.

I don't think I would put it as 'lost their edge'.
It's been 10 years since The Strokes first started. A LOT has changed in that time.
I think the live shows changed just because they were tired.
After basically touring from 2001-2006ish non stop, I think I would be tired too.

I'm actually really interested to see what they will be like when the 4th album comes out after such a long break.

I won't tear you a new one :) For me, I don't see it as a loss of confidence as much as a deeper sensitivity maybe? I'm 30, Jules will be 30 in a couple months...all I can say is, it's really fucking strange to be staring at the next decade of your life. I know I'm not as wild as I was at 21, maybe he feels the same way. Didn't he stop smoking and drinking? Hell, that's a much bigger change than I can commit to right now.

But I do think they're proud of FIOE. I don't think they're retreating from their audience in any way. I think they'll continue to do whatever the fuck makes them happy, and I hope they always will.

IMO I don't think so. FIOE is an album with really deep meanings inside the songs. Julian is probably expressing the songs through emotion and not by physical actions. And with the 4th album coming out knowing so much people are expecting it, I doubt there's any loss in confidence.

Only my two cents.