The Strokes is an American rock band formed in 1998 in New York City. They rose to fame in the early 2000s as leaders in the garage rock revival. The band's members are Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (lead guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion).Upon the release of their debut album Is This It in 2001, the group was met with much critical acclaim. The Strokes at Infoplease.com NME made Is This It their Album of the Year. Since then, the band has maintained a large fan base, mostly in the UK, US and Australia. They've been on an unofficial hiatus since 2006's First Impressions of Earth. Several members, most notably Albert Hammond, Jr., have embarked on a variety of side projects.
Beginnings and The Modern Age EP: 1998-2001
Lead singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarist Nick Valensi, and drummer Fab Moretti started playing together while attending Dwight School in Manhatt