Just one week after ‘At the Door’ comes ‘Bad Decisions’, the second track from The Strokes’ upcoming album, The New Abnormal. This one has drums.
‘Bad Decisions’ is a pretty straight up and down, catchy indie rock tune. It closely resembles ‘Dancing With Myself’ by Billy Idol’s early band ‘Generation X’. So much so, in fact, that Billy Idol and ‘Dancing With Myself’ co-writer Tony James are given co-writing credits on The Strokes song.
The Andrew Donoho-directed video is a retro feast featuring a bunch of lookalikes playing the members of The Strokes. ‘Bad Decisions’ follows the synth-heavy ‘At the Door’, which heralded the band’s upcoming Rick Rubin produced album. The band performed ‘Bad Decisions’ live for the first during their appearance at Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire rally on February 10.
Watch: The Strokes – Bad Decisions
The New Abnormal will be out on April 10 via Cult/RCA Records. It’s the band’s first time working with Rick Rubin. Rubin’s become a revered figure in the worlds of hip hop, rock, metal and folk over the last 40 years. He established a reputation working on seminal releases for the Beastie Boys, Slayer, LL Cool J and The Cult in the 1980s.
Rubin connected with Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 1991 commercial breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It was the start of a 20 year relationship with the band, which saw him produce albums like Californication, By the Way and I’m with You.
Watch: Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
Rubin also famously conceived Johnny Cash’s American series, which led to six critically acclaimed albums between 1994’s American Recordings and 2010’s posthumously released, American VI: Ain’t No Grave.
The Strokes are off to Europe this week for shows in London and Belfast. Then they’re headed back to North America for gigs in Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles. The band’s last album was 2013’s Comedown Machine.