Track: "One Way Trigger"
From: TBA LP
Yes, it's true. The Strokes are back with a brand new single, "One Way Trigger," and it sounds pretty much exactly like A-ha. "Take On Me," specifically. Only with a more chip-tuney kind of vibe; the song super-twee, trebly, and played on such tinny synths that it sounds rickety, rinky-dink, and like it should be soundtracking an '80s arcade game.
If you thought the Morning Benders becoming bubblegum poppers Pop Etc. pissed their listeners off —or, to be more of-the-moment, if you thought Ra Ra Riot's effervescent synth-pop fluff on Beta Love was a rebellion against how the band were once perceived— you can imagine that a whole bunch of denim-on-denim, "NYC Cops"-lovin', utterly-rockist Strokes fans are feeling somewhere between perplexed and betrayed by this new lark.
But, as standard a move as it is to, circa 2013, make a super shiny take on super-cheesy '80s stadium-synth-pop, there's also an undeniable freshness to "One Way Trigger." Not to mention its deliberate provocation. Not to mention that Julian Casablancas' ultra-high falsetto is worth the price of admission (which is, to repeat, free). Not to mention that, really, being reminded of this video is actually a pretty sweet thing.