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    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:08:40

    The Strokes' Julian Casablancas Talks Leaving NYC, Destroying a Band & More - He spoke to "GQ"

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    Just a decade ago, as leader of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas was the New York rock music messiah who was supposed to save rock 'n' roll. He's moved, but he hasn't moved on. Not totally, at least.

    He told GQ that he left NYC because "I don't know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon."

    As for his onetime "It" band? He said, "It wasn't so equal, but it was the illusion of equal, so I think it fucked with everything. A band is a great way to destroy a friendship, and a tour's a great way to destroy a band."

    Now, that is very true. But that type of tension also leads to the best music. #JustSayin'. That's a rock formula that is tried and true. Think Van Halen, Aerosmith and many, many more.

    Casablancas also said his parents dig what he does. "I think they're proud. My mom, she's funny: She plays the albums and sings along and stuff," he said.

    The October issue of GQ is out September 30.

    More is at GQ.com.

    The Strokes' latest is 2013's Comedown Machine, and Julian Casablancas+The Voidz' Tyranny releases on Septbemer 23, 2014. [iTunes link] (and it's streaming right now at Rolling Stone)

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