The Strokes are an alternative rock band, formed in 1998, hailing from New York City. The band started when singer Julian Casablancas, drummer Fabrizio Moretti and guitarist Nick Valensi met in school and began playing music together. Soon, bass player Nikolai Fraiture, a childhood friend of Casablancas, joined. After high school, Casablancas reconnected with guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., a friend he’d met while attending school in Switzerland. Together, the five began writing music that would eventually become The Strokes’ first songs. In 2001, the band released its first EP, called “The Modern Age EP”. It was a success with fans, and boosted the band’s popularity as they prepped a full-length. It also helped the band get their first label contract, with RCA. Later in that same year, the band’s first album, “Is This It” was released. The album was a major success, becoming one of the most popular albums of the decade. It reached number 33 on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the UK Albums Chart. Subsequent tours gained the group a reputation as a show to not be missed. Their second album, “Room on Fire”, was released in 2003. The new album was also popular, and eventually rose to number 2 on the Billboard 200, with singles like “Reptilia” become fan-favorites. “First Impressions of Earth”, the band’s third album, was released in early 2006. The band supported the album with an extensive world-wide tour, among banner festival sets. Soon after the tour finished, The Strokes announced that they would be taking a break from making music to focus on various projects. After the break and a long period of writing, the band released their fourth album, “Angles,” in 2011. The album was different in that, instead of Casablancas doing most of the writing, the entire band collaborated on the songs, giving the music a fresh feel. In 2013, the band released “Comedown Machine,” and was hailed for the bands slight shift in sound.