Originally from New York, The Strokes first broke through in England and have since become an international success story. Touring almost nonstop since the 2001 release of their first full-length CD, Is This It (RCA Records), the band has appeared at the last two Reading Festivals and has toured Japan, Australia and much of Europe. This year brought extensive media coverage, an opening slot on the Rolling Stones tour and a nomination for Best New Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. On the road for 10 months in 2002, the band has steadily progressed from the U.S. club circuit to theaters, ballrooms and outdoor sheds. Mix caught the band for its Halloween appearance at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.