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How the Strokes spent their extended vacation


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Once the Strokes went on hiatus in 2006, few fans thought they’d ever see another album from the beloved NYC band.

After solo projects, rehab and celebrity romances, the guys reunited for “Angles,” which picks up right where they left off, melding classic rock with elements of ’80s new wave.

amNY takes a look at what each member did during their extended vacation.

Julian Casablancas, vocals
Casablancas released his first solo album, “Phrazes for the Young,” in 2009. He also recorded a song with Santigold and Pharrell Williams for Converse and appeared in their ads. But he stayed away from the recording of “Angles,” sending his vocals via email so he wouldn’t dominate the sessions.

Nikolai Fraiture, bass
Fraiture’s side project was called Nickel Eye (get it?). The band’s debut album was built around old poems and rants that Fraiture found in an old shoebox.

Nick Valensi, guitar
The only Stroke who never played in another band — and the one credited with bringing everyone back together — Valensi guested on albums by Devendra Banhart and Regina Spektor. He also married photographer Amanda de Cadenet, with whom he has twins.

Albert Hammond Jr., guitar
The busiest Stroke, he released solo albums in both 2006 and 2008. Hammond also is co-designing his own line of men’s suits. In 2009, the recording of “Angles” was temporarily delayed when he entered rehab.

Fabrizio Moretti, drums
For a while, Moretti was the highest-profile Stroke due to his five-year relationship with Drew Barrymore. The Brazil native also formed the band Little Joy, which has a strong South American influence and wins the award for side project that sounds least like the Strokes.

If you go: The Strokes are at MSG on Friday at 8 p.m., 4 Penn Plz., 212-465-6073, $54.50

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