Nick Valensi is shaping up to play a series of shows with his new group CRX. The band (who announced themselves to the world on Monday) are set to play four headline spots before supporting Beck on tour.
Valensi, despite featuring as a guest artist on a number of collaborations, is actually the last Strokes member to undertake an official side project.
Singer Julian Casablancas has released two albums outside of the band, including a record with side project ‘The Voidz’. Albert Hammond Jr has released three solo albums, bassist Nikolai Fraiture formed side project ‘Nikel Eye’ and drummer Fabrizio Moretti formed band ‘Megapuss’.
CRX are made up of ‘Willowz’ guitarist Richie James Follin, ‘The Dose’ drummer Ralph Alexander, Jon Safely of ‘The Reflections’ and LA musician Darian Zahedi. They will play their debut gig at The Hi Hat in Los Angeles on August 17th before embarking on two NY shows on August 20th and 24th.
They will then play one final gig in LA on the 26th before heading out to join psychedelic folkster Beck on a number of his US tour dates.
More information about the band can be found at www.crxmusic.com
What does this mean for The Strokes?
The Strokes released their latest EP ‘Future Present Past’ back in June. The EP was heavily praised by the music press, with everyone expecting a potential new album to follow. Back in May singer Casablancas stated that there would be a new album “if the collective will can be summoned and caroused”. However, with Valensi now touring (and possibly recording material) with CRX, Strokes fans may have to wait a little longer for a follow up to 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’.