I don't know. We might have all kissed in a drunken stupor, but I don't remember. I may not have kissed Nikolai. It's not a regular thing. But we're that comfortable with each other, we're that close to each other; the boundaries that society have set saying 'this is what a friend does and this is what a lover does' is a little skewed when it comes to The Strokes. We're not homosexual; we understand what the love between the band is worth and we like to express that to each other. It's also being able to not feel uncomfrotable as individuals touching each other, because we're brothers. Imagine you were looking at a five year-old and a six year-old playing in a pool where they had no inhibitions and they're just having a fun time, no real boundaries.
Julian kisses like me - the problem is, I don't like his breath sometimes. We have really big lips. Fab and Nick kind of kiss the same; Fab has the stubble, it itches. I can't believe I'm telling you this. It's ridiculous. It's hilarious. I've never kissed Nikolai so I don't know - he's the only one that doesn't allow that. The best kisses is my girlfriend. But it's always been a running joke in the band. To go and promote ourselves we'd get pretty wasted because we were tired of going to all these places and seeing the same assholes who'd say 'fuck you' when we gave them a flyer. And we loved fucking with people. Everyone thought we were gay or someting. It always fucks with people's heads.
Everyone's a pretty good kisser. Albert's pretty nice. It's not like we're getting turned on. It's sort of a joke. Nikolai likes it the least. It's when we fuck around and get fucked up but it's not an important tradition with us or anything. It's just something that people catch us doing every now and then and make a big deal out of. You know, we just act like idiots sometimes. We're friends and we don't care. We're five very headstrong, different people with one extreme blessing, which is that we all want the same thing. We all want to do something that's cool and interesting , so all the small pretexts get wiped under the rug, and let's just act like it is togehter because that's pretty much all we are.
[long pause, exhale] That's a ridiculous question. I've kissed most of them, it's true. I've never thought about gauging how good my friends kiss. They're all not bad. When they kiss me it's a bit different to when they kiss their girlfriend. We don't go around kissing each other all the time - people see a snippet of something and they assume that we're hanging out after a show in a hotel room having make-out sessions. We're all pretty secure with each other and we find it funny. Watching Julian dry-hump Fab is funny. Whether we're in public or in our rehearsal studio by ourselves, I just think it's funny. And I don't care why.
It's not that I"m less keen, I'm just not as full-on about it as the others. I've probably kissed all of them, back in the day, when it was more innocent affection and much less thought about, showing true affection. We're good friends; we don't care. With guys open affection is almost frowned upon, we're five guys that are close and it goes beyond sexual; it makes people weird. In the enviroment we're in there's so much outer pressure that it's good to know there's five people who don't have to hide anything; it's just comforting inside.