Speaking in a new interview with the New York Post, Casablancas discussed his political views, sharing that he is backing Joe Biden for the 2020 United States presidential election after Democratic contender Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.
“I’m secretly holding out hope that he’ll choose Bernie as his running mate,” Casablancas said of Biden. “I feel like that would be a good way to guarantee victory in my opinion. But he’ll probably choose a woman.”
The Strokes performed at a Bernie Sanders rally in New Hampshire back in February, debuting two new songs that would later appear on their new album ‘The New Abnormal’.
Despite the Strokes’ public support of Sanders, Casablancas doesn’t think it’s the “universal duty” of artists to take a political stand. “I think politics is a different beast,” he explained. “To me, art is an escape [from] the absurdity of life. People are seeking to run away from the negative things and kind of find inspiration.”
However, he added: “If you feel like you believe in something…to clearly stand for, I think you should have the courage to do [it], whether you’re a musician or not.”
In a new interview with The Guardian, frontman Julian Casablancas said the group “weren’t in harmony” at the time of the record’s release, as they eschewed all media opportunities and touring for the record.
“You know, maybe in a few years it really won’t matter and I’ll just say it…I could explain it, it’s not a big deal,” Casablancas said.