Back in 2001 as Is This It started to take off for The Strokes, their dance card was suddenly and dramatically packed; according to the archived tour dates on their website they played just three shows in 2000, but over a hundred in 2001. Early show recordings are really difficult to find — to sate my ears, I wanted something nascent from 2000, but the odds were against me.
During the summer of 2001, they played a small (capacity 300) pub/club in Melbourne called The Laundry, and the set was broadcast on Australian 3RRR community radio. The sound quality on this boot is pristine – the minimal crowd noise almost makes it sound like a lost studio demo of alternate versions rather than a live show, but with that terrific energy that I expect from these boys. It’s a necessary addition to the collection of any Strokes fan.
LIVE AT THE LAUNDRY
Fitzroy, Melbourne, AUS – July 2001
Is This It
The Modern Age
Hard To Explain
New York City Cops
ZIP: THE STROKES IN MELBOURNE
[top photo credit Cody Smyth, CBGBs 2000.
bottom photo credit Christopher Wahl]