The seeds for The Strokes’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s solo project, Nickel Eye, were planted during a cross-country trip he took when he was 19, after dropping out of New York’s Hunter College.
“It was more just to change the everyday cycle and take the opportunity when I had it and not wish that I had done it years later,” Fraiture, 30, explains. “I just wanted to do some young man traveling, and (Nickel Eye) comes from kind of just everything I took in and ideas and things that I saw and things I thought I would see that I didn’t.”
“I was, of course, a very idealistic young man, and I thought I was going to see the America of (Jack) Kerouac and Woody Guthrie and stuff like that. And obviously it had already changed quite a bit. But (the trip) still made quite an impact.”
“We’re just getting into the studio; nothing’s set in stone yet,” Fraiture says. “We’ve all been through such different things, we’re just gonna see what happens. It’s kind of a new chapter for everyone.
“For any one of us, anything we do outside the band is our first venture away from The Strokes. We’ve never experienced anything else. I think that it’s really everybody’s way of kind of regrouping and being themselves again. That way (for) the next album we’ll feel fresh again and we’ll have new ideas.”
Nickel Eye, Low Vs. Diamond, Rogue Satellites and Solitary States perform Wednesday (Jan. 21) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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