Brand new sonic impulses…
22 February 2019
While THE STROKES are rumored to release a new album later in the year their guitarist ALBERT HAMMOND JR doesn’t wait for that to happen or not and does again what he does best as a solo artist, producing effervescent guitar pop. Oh yeah, new single FAST TIMES is bouncy, breezy and blithesome. Spring is in the air. Enjoy its first sonic sign here…
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2 February 2018
The Strokes‘ guitarist ALBERT HAMMOND JR returns solo with brand new stand out single MUTED BEATINGS. His previous 2015 longplayer Momentary Moments and his live show in Brussels the same year turned me in a huge fan. Hammond is an amplified pop wizard who produces tremendously catchy crackers that ignite your adrenalin’s stream. Contagious beats that stimulate all of your limbs like this new one. An enticing punch from start to finish. Repetitive licks, crazy hooks, and bracing vocals. Now let’s move our lazy asses…
New LP FRANCIS TROUBLE explores a deeply personal topic inspired by the stillborn death of Albert Hammond JR‘s twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event
has had on the artist’s life and music. Out 9 March via Red Bull Records.
ALBERT HAMMOND JR – Botanique Venue, Brussels – 30 November 2015
Six armed policemen and two armed soldiers at the entrance of the ‘Botanique’ venue. This must be a rock and roll concert in Brussels ! I may sound cynical but surely this situation is not funny at all. On the other hand it was no surprise as our capital became
a ghost town (closure of shops, banks, schools, public transportation / no football games, no concerts, no events whatsoever.) for a week, guarded by security police and soldiers. In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy in Paris and possible accomplices hiding in Brussels, the potential terrorist attacks alarm went up to the highest level. Only tonight (November 30) all sort of venues opened their doors again but still with armed surveillance. Did I
feel scared? No, not at all, happily enough, although you think frequently about the surreal fact that people cowardly get killed at a rock concert too. I already went to a gig (Wolf Alice) in Brussels between the terrifying Paris drama and the Brussels lockdown, but I must add that there were no security guards with guns that night (November 18th) to influence unintentionally our perception in a negative or frightening way. What I do think about, daily, since 13/11 is the view, in my mind, of the inside of Paris theatre Le Bataclan as I witnessed in 2010 a concert by Courtney Love (with Hole) in that very same venue where 89 out of the 130 victims died.
So I know what the beautiful, historic building looks like in and out, with hideous images in my head, now and then, as a result. I really hope the families and friends of the victims get all the help they need and I hope from the bottom of my heart that they all can continue their lives properly and with a smile and joy again someday soon. For us, not directly involved, it’s certainly easier to go on but we definitely should do too without fear (something millions of poor human beings can’t as they were born and live in never-ending, horrible war zones).
In troubled times I embrace rock & roll even more. Despite the circumstances, it
felt good to be in Brussels again. Albert Hammond Jr felt obviously thrilled too and shared his happy feelings frequently with the enthusiastic audience. The Strokes’ cool cat released his 3rd, excellent solo album ‘Momentary Masters’ earlier this year. A record full of captivating rock and pop tunes. Highly melodic shake & swing stuff.
As expected the whole setlist got a ‘this-is-a-live-concert’ treatment. High-voltage modus and rousing jams. Hammond Jr has a firm character voice. He’s a vibrant entertainer, a clever and protrusive songwriter and he has an eye for a mighty solid, red-hot band to back him up…
A striking five-piece collective of fully charged musicians having big fun while generating several highlights: Power Hungry / Losing Touch / Razors Edge / Born Slippy / Caught By My Shadow / Side Boob and the intimate instrumental ‘Spooky Couch‘. Rock and roll is here (again) to stay. It will never lose its touch…
… even if you’re born slippy…
Seven ‘turn-up-the-volume’ tracks of the past week with a ‘wow’ factor…
6/ ‘Born Slippy’ by ALBERT HAMMOND JR
Sparkling pop beat cracker from The Strokes guitarist’s forthcoming solo album.
7/ ‘Morning Side’ by FOUR TET
British electro noise wizard Kieren Hebden intertwines the beautifully touching voice of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar with atmospheric techno drums, dreamy beats and panoramic soundscapes – a masterstroke.
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
Albert Hammond Jr has shared the video for new, uplifting pop beat, single ‘Born Slippy’ (not a cover of Underworld’s dance anthem) – new solo album, his third, ‘Momentary Masters’ will be released on July 31 – in a press release, Hammond describes his new LP as “a record about finding a new curiosity in life as a result of the loss of innocence that knowledge and time create…”
New album cover…
Friday- 26 June, 2015…
Artist: Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist of The Strokes)
Track: ‘Losing Touch’ – an uplifting rocker from his third solo album ‘Momentary Masters’, out July 31…
Seven dope tracks that charged my body this last seven days…
1/ Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control) by BOP ENGLISH
James Petralli, frontman of Texan rockers
‘White Denim‘, with honky-tonk brilliance.
2/ ‘Losing Touch’ by ALBERT HAMMOND JR
New towering rocker by The Strokes’ guitarist
from new, third solo, album ‘Momentary Masters‘.
3/ ‘Mr. Monroe’ by DIVINE YOUTH
British power rock newcomers.
4/ ‘Born Again’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT & THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND
Euphoric stroke by the ex-The Verve frontman.
Released in 2010.
5/ ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ by BENJAMIN BOOKER
Vital blues punk force from passionate,
young New Orleans artist.
6/ ‘Giving Up’ by GOLDBIRDS
Fully charged second single
by fresh, pounding London quartet.
7/ ‘Blue Horizon’ by KING COLOUR
Awesome killer groove from down under.
See/hear you next week music junkies…
Artist: Albert Hammond JR ( The Strokes’ guitarist)
Track: ‘Losing Touch’ is a steamy rock cracker from his new, third album ‘‘Momentary Masters’ via Infectious Music, out July 31…
Live last week at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona…
(Pic by Jordi Vidal / Getty Images)