The Voidz

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The Voidz
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz.jpg
The Voidz performing in 2014
Background information
Also known asJulian Casablancas+The Voidz
GenresExperimental rock[1]
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated actsThe Sick Six
Websitethevoidz.com
MembersJulian Casablancas
Jeramy Gritter
Amir Yaghmai
Jacob Bercovici
Alex Carapetis
Jeff Kite

The Voidz (formerly known as Julian Casablancas+The Voidz) are an American rock band formed by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. The band consists of Julian Casablancas (vocals) as well as Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter (guitar), Amir Yaghmai (guitar), Jacob "Jake" Bercovici (bass, synthesizers), Alex Carapetis (drums), Jeff Kite (keyboards).[2][3]

The band's debut album earned the 50th place in NME's Top 50 Albums of 2014 list.[4]

History[edit]

Formation and Tyranny (2013–2016)[edit]

Jeff Kite, Alex Carapetis and Jake Bercovici had all worked with Casablancas previously. Kite and Carapetis appeared as part of the Sick Six live band (which also featured Danielle Haim), that backed Casablancas when touring his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Kite and Carapetis, along with Bercovici, also worked on "I Like the Night", a song Casablancas recorded as part of an advertising campaign he fronted for the French fashion label, Azzaro. Casablancas enjoyed working with the band, and chose to collaborate with other musicians, in a similar format to the Sick Six, when recording his next album. Casablancas, Carapetis, Bercovici and Kite, along with mutual friends Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai formed the Voidz and began writing music together.[2][3]

The band, then known as Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, signed to Casablancas' record label, Cult, and following an appearance at SXSW Festival, began touring the world throughout 2014 and 2015, playing a combination of festivals and headline shows, the former of which included the Lollapallooza festivals in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as Coachella, Festival Estéreo Picnic in Colombia, Governor's Ball in New York and Primavera Sound in Barcelona.[5] The band's debut album, Tyranny, was released on September 23, 2014.[6] The band's live sets generally consist of a mix between Casablancas' earlier solo songs, covers of Strokes songs written solely by Casablancas, Casablancas' collaborations with other artists (such as Daft Punk's Instant Crush and Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse's Little Girl) as well as their own original material from Tyranny.

With the Voidz' Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter (formerly of Whitestarr) at Lollapalooza Chile, 2014

Virtue (2017–present)[edit]

On December 8, 2017, the band announced a name change to The Voidz,[7] as well as their signing to RCA. On January 23, 2018, “Leave It In My Dreams”, the first single from their new album Virtue was released. Virtue was announced for release March 30, 2018 on Cult Records via RCA.[8][9]

Band members[edit]

  • Julian Casablancas – lead vocals, vocoder, sampler, guitar (2013–present)
  • Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter – guitar, keyboards (2013–present)
  • Amir Yaghmai – guitar, keyboards (2013–present)
  • Jacob "Jake" Bercovici – bass, synthesizers (2013–present)
  • Alex Carapetis – drums, percussion, bass (2013–present)
  • Jeff Kite – keyboards (2013–present)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US Alt
[11]
US Rock
[12]
BEL (FL)
[13]
BEL (WA)
[14]
FRA
[15]
NZ
Heat.

[16]
Tyranny 39 2 10 176 128 90
Virtue
  • Release date: March 30, 2018
  • Label: Cult, RCA
  • Formats: Download, CD, vinyl
151 8 23 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

List of singles,showing year released as single and album name
Single Year Album
"Human Sadness" 2014 Tyranny
"Where No Eagles Fly"
"Leave It in My Dreams" 2018 Virtue
"QYURRYUS"
"Pointlessness"
"All Wordz Are Made Up"
"ALieNNatioN"
"Pyramid of Bones"
"Coul as a Ghoul" Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Where No Eagles Fly" 2014 Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter [17]
"Human Sadness" 2015 Warren Fu and Nicholaus Goossen [18]
"Father Electricity" 2017 Jorge M. Fontana [19]
"QYURRYUS" 2018 Julian Casablancas [20]
"All Wordz Are Made Up" Jeramy 'Beardo' Gritter [21]
"Pyramid of Bones" Nicholaus Goossen [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Who Cares If Rock Is No Longer What It Was?" An Interview with Julian Casablancas". Noisey. October 19, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gibsone, Harriet (March 26, 2014). "Julian Casablancas shares details of his new album with band the Voidz | Music". theguardian.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b ""Can I VHS you?" - Julian Casablancas+The Voidz interview". YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "NME's Top 50 Albums Of 2014". nme.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Julian Casablancas+The Voidz". Juliancasablancas.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Nick Murray (June 23, 2014). "Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Plan New Album 'Tyranny'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Julian Casablancas & The Voidz Announce Name Change With 1980s Horror Spoof: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Manno, Lizzie (January 25, 2018). "The Voidz Announce Details of "Eclectic" Forthcoming Album, Virtues". Paste Magazine.
  9. ^ "The Voidz To Release New Album "Virtue" March 30 On Cult Records/RCA Records - Julian Casablancas-Directed Video For New Song "QYURRYUS" Out Today". RCA Records. January 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Peaks on the Billboard 200:
  11. ^ "Julian Casablancas Album & Song Chart History – Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  12. ^ "Julian Casablancas Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  13. ^ "ultratop.be – Discografie The Voidz". Ultratop. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "ultratop.be – Discographie The Voidz". Ultratop. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Julian Casablancas Discography". lescharts.com.
  16. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ CultRecordsNYC (2014-09-09), Julian Casablancas+The Voidz - Where No Eagles Fly (Official Video), retrieved 2018-04-15
  18. ^ CultRecordsNYC (2015-05-27), Julian Casablancas+The Voidz - Human Sadness (Official Video), retrieved 2018-04-15
  19. ^ CultRecordsNYC (2017-04-03), Julian Casablancas+The Voidz - Father Electricity (Official Lyric Film by Jorge M. Fontana), retrieved 2018-04-15
  20. ^ TheVoidzVEVO (2018-01-25), The Voidz - QYURRYUS (Official Video), retrieved 2018-04-15
  21. ^ TheVoidzVEVO (2018-03-02), The Voidz - All Wordz Are Made Up (Official Video), retrieved 2018-04-15
  22. ^ TheVoidzVEVO (2018-03-29), The Voidz - Pyramid of Bones (Official Video), retrieved 2018-04-15

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