Albert Hammond Jr - The Strokes
About Albert Hammond Jr
Albert Hammond, Jr. is best known as the Strokes guitarist but is also a huge solo artist in his own right. Born in Los Angeles, Hammond went to the prestigious Swiss boarding school Le Institut le Rosey as a teenager, where he met future Strokes singer Julian Casablancas. When Hammond moved to New York City to attend New York University's film school in the late '90s, he reconnected with Casablancas, and the Strokes were born. While Casablancas is the band's chief songwriter, Hammond co-wrote Room on Fire's "Automatic Stop" and also wrote songs that appeared on the Strokes' 2001 tour video, In Transit.
Hammond’s solo debut album, Yours to Keep, featured a host of indie celebrities, including Casablancas, Sean Lennon, Ben Kweller, Fountains of Wayne’s Jody Porter, and the Strokes’ manager, Ryan Gentles and was released on Rough Trade in fall 2006 to be followed by 2008’s ¿Como Te Llama? Both albums establishing Albert as a fine songwriter and with his own signature style.
In 2009 the Strokes’ reunited and produced two albums, 2011’s Angles and 2013's Comedown Machine which meant that it took a few years before Hammond returned to his solo career. The 2013 EP AHJ featured some of his most focused singing and songwriting, and was released by Casablancas' Cult Records label. The following year Hammond began working on his third solo album. He reunited with Strokes collaborator Gus Osberg for Momentary Masters, which arrived to much critical acclaim in July 2015.
Albert Hammond Jr has been at the forefront of modern music for over a decade now and is set remain for many years to come.