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Name: The Strokes                                                                 
Origin: New York City, USA                                                       
The Strokes are an American indie rock band formed in 1998 that rose to fame in   
the early 2000s as a leading group in the garage rock revival. Upon the release   
of their acclaimed debut album Is This It in 2001, many critics hailed the group 
as the "saviors of rock." NME made Is This It their Album of the Year. Since     
then, the band has maintained a large fan base, notably in the US, Ireland, UK   
and Australia.                                                                   
Lead singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarist Nick Valensi, and drummer   
Fab Moretti started playing together while attending Dwight School in Manhattan. 
Bassist Nikolai Fraiture had been friends with Casablancas and was attending the 
Lycée Français de New York. At age 13, Casablancas was sent to Le Rosey, a     
boarding school in Switzerland to resolve his drinking problems and improve his   
academic performance. In Switzerland, Casablancas met guitarist Albert Hammond,   
Later, when Hammond came to New York to attend New York University's Tisch       
School of the Arts, he shared an apartment with Casablancas. They started a band 
which performed on the Lower East Side of New York, and at Manhattan's popular   
Mercury Lounge. Ryan Gentles, the Mercury Lounge's booker, quit his job to       
become the band's manager.                                                       
The band began rehearsing a twelve song set which included "Last Nite", "The     
Modern Age", "This Life" (an early version of "Trying Your Luck"), "New York     
City Cops", "Soma" and "Someday". Most of these songs now feature different       
lyrics. The Modern Age EP was released in 2001, and sparked a bidding war among   
record labels; the largest for a rock and roll band in years.[2] The Strokes     
became the subject of enormous hype, causing a great divide among rock fans.