Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi recently announced that his band CRX would release their Josh Homme-produced debut LP New Skin on October 28 via Columbia. Since we last spoke, they released lead single "Ways to Fake It." Musically, it sounds pretty similar to recent Strokes material, though Nick's voice is a lot different than Julian's. Nick actually spoke to Rolling Stone about singing:

Did singing come naturally to you?

No! It took me a while to kind of find out how to sing, as opposed to just aping someone else's voice. This is also my first time out as a lyricist. That was actually the hardest part for me.

I don't have a lot of experience doing that and for the most part, as a songwriter I have always written songs with someone else's voice in mind. And this was the first time where I was like, "No, I gotta sing on this" because the whole point of it was to take it on tour. It took me a little while to wrap my head round that at first, but it came together pretty quick.

In the same interview, he said, "There's a lot for Strokes fans to like here, but there's another aspect to the record, too, which gets a little bit on the heavier, more aggressive side that maybe fans of other bands would appreciate that more." He also mentions more new Strokes music is on the way.

CRX just announced a lengthy tour that begins in early November and continues through mid-December. That tour brings them back to NYC for a show on November 18 at Bowery Ballroom with Streets of Laredo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.


CRX -- 2016 Tour Dates
Nov 07 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
Nov 09 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Nov 10 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
Nov 11 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Nov 12 El Club Detroit, MI
Nov 14 The Great Hall Toronto, Canada
Nov 15 The Hollow Albany, NY
Nov 16 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC
Nov 18 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
Nov 19 CODA Philadelphia, PA
Nov 20 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA
Nov 29 DOUG FIR LOUNGE Portland, OR
Nov 30 Blitmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Dec 01 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Dec 03 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Dec 05 Observatory, Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
Dec 06 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA
Dec 07 Casbah San Diego, CA
Dec 08 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Dec 10 Emos Austin, TX
Dec 11 Trees Dallas, TX
Dec 12 Warehouse Live Studio Houston, TX
Dec 14 The Lowbrow Palace El Paso, TX
Dec 15 The Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Dec 17 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Vinyl Las Vegas, NV

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