March Madness: Nikolai Fraiture Interview from 2001

Today’s offering for Strokes March Madness: Here’s a 2001 interview that Nikolai Fraiture did with a college publication cleverly called Univercity.

My favorite part is when Niko is asked whether the band would change its sound over time or whether they would stick to what they were doing (in 2001), he responded, “For the moment, we’re happy with what we’re doing. But we’ll have to progress and change. We don’t know how it will take place, but we definitely hope to move on.”

Win a Nickel Eye 7-inch Single Autographed by Nikolai Fraiture

Here’s your chance to win one of three autographed copies of Nickel Eye‘s “Brandy of the Damned” b/w “Back from Exile” 7-inch single. Each record is autographed by Nickel Eye front man, Nikolai Fraiture (aka- bassist from The Strokes).


Just correctly send the answer to the following Nikolai trivia question by 11:59PM on January 19th to contest @ and you could be a winner! Winners will be chosen at random.

QUESTION: What was the name of the short film that Nikolai released in 2008?

As I’ve mentioned before, Nickel Eye’s debut album, The Time of the Assassins, will be released on January 27, 2009 on Rykodisc.

Nickel Eye is currently on tour, and local NYC-ers will have the opporutnity to check the band (backed by members of the British group South) this Friday at Webster Hall.

Tour dates below:
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Nickel Eye’s First US Show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, CMJ 2008

Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture performed tonight with his new pet project/band, Nickel Eye. They played a number of songs, including “Back from Exile”:

and “Brandy of the Damned”:

Unless I missed something, no other Strokes appeared at the Music Hall tonight.

The first song the band played was my favorite… airy, with beautiful harmonies sung by Joel Cadbury and Jamie McDonald of South. (They flew over from England in order to play the show!)

The crowd was far from packed, but there were a good number of people there—surprisingly the crowd looked pretty young (were all the older-timers out in Manhattan?) with a disproportionate amount of Asian girls up in the front.

One blonde girl, who I think likened herself to being the Brooklyn version of Miley Cyrus was hooting and hollering at Nikolai the whole time, shouting out things like “I LUUUUVVV YOUUUU NIIIKOOOOLAAAIIII!” and “YOU HAVE A GREAT A** NIKOLAIIIIII!” Charming, as you can imagine.
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The Strokes to Start Recording in February 2009

According to the BBC, Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the band will all get together in February of 2009 and start recording new music as a group.

Currently Niko is touring in the UK with his new solo project, Nickel Eye. His solo album will release on January 27, 2009. Can’t wait!!

The question is… where will the Strokes settle down and record? New York? LA? Some cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Thanks to Henry for the link.

Nikolai and Fabrizio to Play New York…Seperately

Looks like there’s some action the (former?) members of the Strokes front… Nikolai Fraiture’s side project, Nickel Eye, will have their debut New York show on October 22nd at the Williamsburg Hall of Music as part of CMJ, and then play a show at Pianos on the 24th. London folks will get a chance to preview Nikolai’s latest project in advance of us Americans, as Nickel Eye will be doing a show in the UK on October 15th at the Borderline.

Fabrizio Moretti‘s band, Little Joy, will also be playing in NYC in the near future in support in the release of the November 4th band’s debut album on Rough Trade. The band will play Mercury Lounge on November 13th and Maxwell’s in Hoboken on November 14th.

Will you be at either?