In 3 days it will be ten years since the release of The Strokes’ debut album, Is This It. Since at that time, my eight year-old self was too busy playing Gameboy, I was blissfully unaware that the rock landscape was being revolutionised by possibly the coolest band ever. I stumbled upon the record about two years ago, and remember incredulously discussing with a mate how they’d managed to craft an entire album around the simplest guitar riffs I’d ever heard, and I do think that this is one of their main strengths.
While some may criticise them for being one-dimensional, or just a standard, run-of-the-mill rock band, everything about The Strokes’ debut is both tight and perfect. Everything is compact and unpretentious, which is an essential characteristic for a band that closely adheres to what could be described as the ‘classic rock sound.’
To celebrate the ten-year anniversary, Stereogum have organised for an eclectic mix of bands to cover songs from the album. Check it out here, and skip New York City Cops.