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The Strokes Like You've Never Seen Them Before

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Photographer Colin Lane has released over 200 photographs of The Strokes from his collection.

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The Strokes rose to prominence in 2001 after the release of their debut album, Is This It. The record spearheaded the garage rock revival movement of the early-2000s along with The White Stripes, The Vines and The Hives. With a voice akin to Jim Morrison and instrumentals inspired by Television, The Strokes hit the ground running with their first record.

Lane has been a photographer for 17 years, specialising in lifestyle, portrait, travel and culinary photography. His collection of photographs of The Strokes primarily dwells in the realm of lifestyle and portrait photography.

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Taken between 2001 and 2006, the collection shows the band in the studio as well as on stage and on the street. The beginning of the collection is around the time of Is This It. A tight garage rock record about life in New York, many regard it still as their best work. The photographs from this era show the band doing photoshoots for their first album’s artwork, vocalist Julian Casablancas singing in the studio and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. about to light up a cigarette.

The collection goes on to document the musicians recording and doing press shoots for their sophomore effort, Room On Fire. Possibly sabotaged by the expectations their debut effort awarded them, Room On Fire was not as popular as Is This It. Despite this it still stands on its own and single “Reptilia” has become one of The Strokes' classic tunes.

The last third of the photographs document the band’s time recording and touring their third record, First Impressions Of Earth. While their first two albums were similar in sound, the band started to experiment on their third. Ranging from heavier riffing on some songs and synth-inspired guitar lines on others, First Impressions Of Earth foreshadowed The Strokes’ direction on later albums.

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The whole collection can be found here.

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