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Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that NY rock icons, The Strokes will play sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney, their first Australian headline dates for a decade, when they head to Australia for Splendour in the Grass in July 2022. Accompanied by The Chats and The Lazy Eyes, punters are in for one helluva show.

Splendour Sideshows | Melbourne + Sydney | July 2022
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Tickets on sale to general public from 9am local, Tue 09 Nov

Armed with songs from their 20 year, six-album catalogue, The Strokes live set will also feature tracks from their 2021 Grammy Award winning Best Rock Album The New Abnormal.

Formed in NY in the late 90s, it is impossible to overstate the impact that The Strokes made on the global music scene when their debut album, Is This It and its singles ‘Last Night’, ‘Hard To Explain’ and ‘Someday’ dropped in 2001. Universally acclaimed, this minimalist rock masterpiece propelled singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti into the stratosphere. Two decades on, Is This It is still as stunning as ever and a perennial feature on best album lists around the globe.

Always on point, the band followed their debut with an onslaught of successful albums including Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006), Angles (2011), Comedown Machine (2013) and EP, Future Present Past (2016).

In 2020 The Strokes returned with The New Abnormal. Produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin and recorded at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, their sixth studio album has received rave reviews. Associated Press called it “a superb slice of indie rock, varied, exciting and complex, with elements of glam, straight-down-the-line rock and dreamy pop,” while Under the Radar declared it “the most vital and consistent the band has sounded in over a decade.”

The New Abnormal features tracks ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’, ‘Bad Decisions’ and ‘At The Door’. The album’s cover artwork is a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird on Money.

The Strokes Australian performances will come hot off the back of a whirlwind tour of headline festival slots including Corona Capital Guadalajara in Mexico, Primavera Sound Barcelona, Berlin’s Temple of Sounds, TRNSMT in Scotland and England’s Lytham Festival. The five-piece will be well and truly limbered up when they hit our shores!

The Strokes will be joined by the rebel spirit and iconic anthems of pub punk outfit The Chats. When 2017 single ‘Smoko’ became a bona fide viral hit on YouTube, the band were propelled from their Queensland shed to almost overnight renown in all the right circles. Dave Grohl loved it so much he sent it to Josh Homme, who immediately booked the band to support Queens Of The Stone Age in Australia, Iggy Pop did the same when he played Melbourne and now The Strokes can be added to the list. The Chats released their debut album, High Risk Behaviour, in March 2020, debuting at No.5 on the ARIA Albums chart.

Sydney rockers The Lazy Eyes are also in for the ride, with their impulse driven riffs and hypnotic drums and bass. Their debut EP saw The Lazy Eyes sell out headline shows, amass a combined 1.5 million streams and receive praise from the BBC’s Matt Wilkinson, Bandcamp, Atwood Magazine, American Songwriter, Monster Children, land at #17 on triple j Unearthed’s Top 50 Most Played Artists of 2020 and many more. Their second release, EP2, follows on this trajectory, cementing the band’s position as a key emerging act in the golden age of Australian psychedelic music.

Don’t miss what will be some very special live shows when The Strokes come to town. Presale tickets are available from 12pm local on Monday 08 November – hop to it!

The Strokes Australian Tour Dates

Sat 23 July 2022 – Byron Bay – Splendour in the Grass

Tue 26 July 2022 – Melbourne – John Cain Arena

Thu 28 July 2022 – Sydney – Hordern Pavilion


Presale available from 12pm local, Mon 08 Nov

General onsale 9am local, Tue 09 Nov

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