The Strokes Guitarist Says Bandmates Were Concerned For His Life
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.13.2013
During his addiction period...
The Strokes' guitarist says that during his drug problem his bandmates were concerned he might kill himself. Albert Hammond Jr. spoke with The Talks about his addictions, saying it nearly killed him. Check out the highlights:
On his experiences while on drugs: "I did some crazy things, some things I am not proud of. You know, I reached points where I was insane, hearing voices because I was up for so long, moving stuff around and locking myself in my room for long periods of time. I became in love with that very dark side of it, I became in love with the process of intravenous use, even more so than the drugs, just the process of pushing something in there."
On how his bandmates felt about his drug problem: "What everyone tells me is that the friendship came before the band. Everyone just told me as a friend, 'I don't want to see you like this. Forget the band'. Such a big part of me is being in this band, it's huge, but life isn't all about what you do. I feel like our culture says, 'You are what you make', but I don't believe that. So I think everyone was just more concerned that I was going to kill myself. I wasn't going to kill myself on purpose, but you reach a point where you really just don't see it and you just don't care."
On how close he was to dying: "It could have happened so easily so many times. I don't even know how I kept on waking up. First you are at least measuring it. But by the end you are so shaky you are just mixing and pouring and sometimes you feel it. You push it in and you know it is too much and then your body goes into some kind of shake and you get extreme fear, like, 'That's it, I have done it, I have done too much. I am going to fall down'."