“The Strokes” rings in the new year in April – Q30 Television


“Unconventional” and “unapologetic”: two perfect words to describe the American rock band Shots. That being said, there’s nothing that says ‘The Strokes’ more than playing a New Year’s Eve celebration concert in mid-April.

New York based rockers Shots took to the stage at Barclays Center on April 6 to celebrate the year 2022. The show was originally scheduled for – you guessed it – December 31, 2021. In the wake of the Omicron variant and the risks that come with it, the group postponed its performance; however, that didn’t stop them from putting on the New Year’s show they promised – this time with a tinge of sarcasm.

The show, now called “New Year, New Date”, featured opening acts hinds and MacDemarco, respectively. These two acts played with Shots in the past, creating a sense of community for longtime fans, despite the impersonal nature of big arena shows. To further fuel a sense of laid-back connection, frontman Julian Casablancas did what he does best: seamlessly perform in front of the masses as if it was 2001 and the Strokes were still finding their place in the Mercury. Manhattan Lounge.. At one point, he called out in an ironic “arena-boosting rock star” tone, implying how stupid he finds the behavior and cementing the crowd’s understanding of his “cool guy” attitude.

Shots came to this unpredictable show with an equally unpredictable setlist. The band recently signed on to play mostly festival shows, with very similar setlists. They brought a few surprises to the Barclays Center to shake things up, including “What Ever Happened”, the opening track from their 2003 album. Room on fire, and “Under Cover of Darkness,” which hasn’t been performed live since 2016. These surprises were interspersed with mosh-pit-worthy songs like “Juicebox” and “Heart in a Cage” and anthems. dark ones like “Eternal Summer” and “Under Control.” They pulled music from all eras of their two-decade career, emphasizing the energetic driving force of their hard-hitting tracks and the simplistic and beautiful intricacies of their softer songs.

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Throughout the gig, The Strokes continued to play along to the humor of their sadly postponed NYE performance. The rescheduled show fell on a Wednesday, so the performance didn’t extend until midnight, but the band made sure to still sarcastically celebrate the start of a new year. The band stopped for a Times Square foul ball at the end of their set, fully committing to the New Year with a countdown and confetti. For a brief period, Casablancas even donned a pair of neon green illuminated “2022” shaped glasses – a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Their flippant humor and awareness of the current unpredictable reality of our world encapsulated the room.

Along with the New Year’s jokes, the Strokes left their attitudes about the industry and the expectations that come with it on stage. Halfway through, Casablancas shamelessly remixed his popular song “Razorblade” incorporating robot-like synthetic vocal distortion into new spiraling melodies. Had this move been pulled into a different environment by another group, the crowd might have been confused, but it felt natural. Casual attendees might have guessed that something like this was common to the way the group presented themselves throughout the night. Longtime fans sat down and said, “Yeah, Jules is doing it again.” This show has once again pointed out that Shots perfectly have the formula for commercial success and the pursuit of creative freedom.

Shots are a cultural phenomenon that found great commercial success and following in their early twenties while retaining the attitude of indie garage rockers well into their early forties. They saw the postponement of their New Year’s show as both 1) necessary for public health and 2) the perfect opportunity to create a sarcastic gag while delivering an entertaining and technically sound performance in the manner of Strokes.

“New Year, New Date” was an all-encompassing event Shots were, are and will be.

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