Future Present Past

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Future Present Past
EP by
ReleasedJune 3, 2016
StudioThe Music Building (New York, NY)
ProducerGus Oberg
The Strokes chronology
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Future Present Past

Future Present Past is the second EP by American band The Strokes, released on June 3, 2016 through Cult Records. The title represents each song: "Drag Queen" refers to the "future", "OBLIVIUS" the "present", and "Threat of Joy" the "past".[1][2]

Music videos[edit]

On June 2, 2016, the band released a lyric video for "Drag Queen," featuring various vaporwave-themed GIF animations created by the artist KidMograph/Gustavo Torres, and edited and arranged by Liz Hirsch.

Initially "OBLIVIUS" was to have a music video, but Casablancas later stated that it was "shut down" by the band's publishers as it became "too political".[3] "Threat of Joy" was chosen instead, and was shot by the band's frequent collaborator Warren Fu. Fu stated that the plot had been written in two days notice, and features a tongue-in-cheek look at the failed attempt to make an “OBLIVIUS” video as its "MacGuffin". It was released via Noisey on June 28, 2016.

A lyric video for "OBLIVIUS" was the EP's final, and was released on July 12, 2016. Like "Drag Queen", it features vaporwave-themed GIF animations created by KidMograph/Gustavo Torres, edited and arranged by Liz Hirsch.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The Boston Globe8/10 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundB[1]
DIY4/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound4/10[8]
Pitchfork Media6/10[10]
Whiplash8/10 stars[11]

Future Present Past received positive reviews, and holds a score of 75/100 on Metacritic based on six reviews, indicating a "generally favorable" response.[4] "Mystery has forever shaped the mythology behind the Strokes, and they’re rarely so forthcoming. Which is why Casablancas’ peculiar transparency is one of the more alluring accomplishments," said Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound.[1] Barry Nicolson of NME added that, "Perhaps the highest compliment you could pay this EP is that if you didn't know who it was and had no preconceived notions about what it should — or shouldn't — sound like, you'd think you had stumbled across something very special indeed."[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Drag Queen" (Julian Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti, Nick Valensi[12])4:33
2."OBLIVIUS" (J. Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr.[12])4:59
3."Threat of Joy" (J. Casablancas[12])4:24
4."OBLIVIUS" (Fab Moretti Remix)5:31


Credits adapted from EP liner notes.[13]


Chart (2016) Peak
France (SNEP)[14] 144
France Top 100 (SNEP)[15] 60


  1. ^ a b c Roffman, Michael (May 30, 2016). "The Strokes – Future Present Past EP". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Van Dril, Eric. "Interview: Julian Casablancas on Triple J". The Strokes News. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Strauss, Matthew (June 28, 2016). "The Strokes' Julian Casablancas Teases "Threat of Joy" Video, Says He Doesn't Like Playing Festivals". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Future Present Past [EP]". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather (June 3, 2016). "Future Present Past - The Strokes". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Feldberg, Isaac (May 27, 2016). "Strokes resurrected on 'Future Present Past' EP". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Swann, Emma. "EP REVIEW THE STROKES - FUTURE PRESENT PAST". DIY Magazine. Sonic Media Group. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Robertson, Derek. "EP Review: The Strokes Future Present Past". Drowned in Sound. Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Nicolson, Barry (May 27, 2016). "The Strokes - 'Future Present Past' Review". NME. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Strokes: Future Present Past EP Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  11. ^ Porto, Victor (May 26, 2016). "Future Present Past EP - Strokes". Whiplash. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Future Present Past EP on Discogs
  13. ^ "The Strokes – Future Past Present EP". Discogs.
  14. ^ "THE STROKES DANS LES CHARTS FRANÇAIS" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "THE STROKES - FUTURE PRESENT PAST EP (CHANSON)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved June 11, 2016.