Though the Strokes are still together, frontman Julian Casablancas, like his bandmates, has spent the last few years on other endeavors. With only seven festival shows scheduled through 2015, the essential early-2000s rock band has no plans for a new album. Instead, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is prepping his third solo record while bassist Nikolai Fraiture tours with a new crew called Summer Moon.
As for Casablancas, he’s busy exploring “Human Sadness” with the Voidz. That’s the title of an epic 11-minute track off the six-man outfit’s debut album, Tyranny. And the song’s soon-to-be-released music video is apparently just as epic, because the Strokes singer and company — guitarists Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai, keyboard player Jeff Kite, bassist Jake Bercovici, and drummer Alex Carapetis — have just announced a screening tour.
As Casablancas exclaimed on Facebook: “Chegg out an advance screening of thee full Human Sadness video at a venue near you…! see it before it comes out online (on 5/27) and hang out in a social-type gathering!”
Produced over six months and helmed by two directors, Warren Fu and Nicholaus Goossen, the clip seems to be, based on the teaser trailer, an ambitiously executed short film. There are fast cars, war scenes, apocalyptic dust storms, and the Voidz playing music while an asteroid hurtles toward Earth.
Most of the announced screenings are scheduled for Brooklyn, but there are also events set for Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Nashville, Montreal, Washington, D.C., and Miami’s Gramps in Wynwood.
Though neither JC, nor the Voidz will be in attendance for the Miami event, there will be some live tunes from Male Model, Gwand, Sad Ghost, Forlatt, and Wynona Grinder, as well as a showing of local music documentary crew Audio Junkie’s latest episode featuring Boston-based punk band Free Pizza.
Check below for the full “Human Sadness” screening tour dates.
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Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ “Human Sadness” Screening Tour
May 20 Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
May 20 The Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA
May 20 Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park), Chicago, IL
May 21 Seventh Circle Music Collective, Denver, CO
May 22 Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
May 22 Videology Bar & Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
May 22 Bric A Brac Records, Chicago, IL
May 22 The Fridge, Washington, D.C.
May 23 Videology Bar & Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
May 23 The Puppy Palace, Boston, MA
May 23 Gramps, Miami, FL
May 23 The Basement East, Nashville, TN
May 24 Videology Bar & Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
May 24 La Rockette Bar, Montreal, QC
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ “Human Sadness” Screening. With a showing of Audio Junkie’s Free Pizza episode and music by Male Model, Gwand, Sad Ghost, Forlatt, and Wynona Grinder. Saturday, May 23, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-752-6693; grampsbar.com. The music starts at 8 p.m. and the video screens around 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.