The Strokes Explain Why They’re Big In The UK

Lyndsey Parker of spoke with Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and bassist Nikolai Fraiture and asked why the group has gotten so much attention in the U.K. compared to America. “I don’t know,” Nikolai said. “It’s different, you know? English audiences are more open to new music and different things, and that’s where it fits in.” Nick said, “The first thing we released ever was in England, so we sort of got a head start over there and people sort of caught on to it quicker. It seems like everywhere we go, all over the world, we play to crowds that have never seen us before, and it’s like the same response. I don’t think there’s anything specific about England. It’s just our music.”

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