This past weekend, The Strokes' experimental frontman Julian Casablancas performed at Beach Goth 4 festival in California with his backing band The Voidz. Their nontraditional set included a cover of lipsyncers Milli Vanilli. Casablancas later joined The Growlers to cover The Doors.
Casablancas led The Voidz in a cover of Milli Vanilli's 1989 hit song "Girl You Know It's True," and while singing with The Growlers, took the mic on a cover of The Doors' 1967 single "People Are Strange." Thanks to fan-shot footage via Instagram, you can watch clips of both of the covers being performed. Interestingly enough, most fans thought the Milli Vanilli track was a brand new song by Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, at least according to some of the Instagram posts.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz have been touring throughout 2015 in support of their 2014 album Tyranny, which included the 10-minute depressing ballad "Human Sadness." The album was about as extreme of a departure from The Strokes' music as one could accomplish, ushering both praise and criticism from fans.
The frontman recently revealed that The Strokes, a staple to the New York City indie scene, was in the studio working on a follow-up album to 2013's Comedown Machine. The last album was a departure from the band's traditional sound as well, but certainly a less intense one. Regardles, this was some pretty heavy news considering most fans did not know what the future held for the band, especially with both Albert Hammond Jr. and Casablancas pursuing their own solo endeavors.
During an interview with Noisey, Casablancas elaborated on the band's current state of existence. "It's the first time we've been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine," he said. "We're planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I'll do that. I'd like to do both [bands] really if I could."