yayy! a death of samantha appreciator!! i loved that band. homestead sure had a great roster in those days (great plains, etc.).
as for the strokes thing, people have occasionally compared julian casablancas and john petkovic as far as looks and attitude go but considering how long john’s had cobra verde as well as the relative quality of musicianship, i don’t think the comparison goes very far. plus the strokes really want to be guided by voices, which is a totally different head man. totally.