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October 10, 2016
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The urge to begin a new project, for CRX’s Nick Valensi, came from a primal place: He just wanted to play. “I was at a place where I got really hungry to perform in front of audiences, and do things a little more simply,” Valensi says. “The Strokes don't play that often anymore, and when we do it's awesome, but it got to the point where I needed to balance that out with a project I could take on tour whenever I wanted to. And the idea of playing clubs again was really exciting to me.” But Valensi couldn’t start playing until he’d written some songs, and he realized he’d have to finally embrace an aspect of performing he’d resisted up until that point -- singing.

New Skin, CRX’s debut album, was recorded at Homme’s Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, with work wrapping up in early 2016. And even as this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of TheStrokes first LP, it represents the beginning of a promising new chapter for Valensi. “One of the coolest things for me is that I began making this record as a vehicle to get onstage,” he says,“but along the way, it started to feel like we were working on something more special than that.I’m excited to be singing and having a lot of fun with it, and I’m really enjoying the feeling ofhaving to work hard to win people over. It’s like being a kid again -- like everything is new and kind of scary but irresistibly fun, too.”