Albert Hammond Jr Says Reports Of The Strokes' Return Have Been Exaggerated
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.18.2013
"We don't know anything yet"...
The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. told Billboard that reports of the band's return may have been exaggerated. He just released his new EP AHJ on frontman Julian Casablancas' label. To promote that release, The Strokes released a "Fall 2013 Update" of their email newsletter whihc said that the band is "toiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene."
Hammond said: "We don't know anything yet. There's no news or information. We're not writing or doing anything -- maybe individually we are, but it's not like we're in the studio or anything."
Even though the band didn't tour or promote their new album Comedown Machine, Hammond said the band is still a priority and can see as many as ten more albums in the future.
He added: "I feel like what makes it so great is the dynamic of it all. There's something in our chemistry that works. With ('Comedown Machine') we thought it would be cool to have a record and see how it did with no press or touring and then kind of regroup at this point in our lives, where we're no longer attached to a label, and see how we want to present ourselves going forward. I think people always want things immediate, and I feel like what's best is always something that's thought out. Something that's great will just have more of an impact than something that's 'now.' "
He is also excited about AHJ, which has five songs. He revealed how the idea came about.
He explained: "I wanted to release something with Julian for awhile. In my mind and his mind it was going to be a single or something like that, but as I sent him the songs and kept working on other ones it just kept growing. It wasn't like, 'I'm gonna make a five-song EP for you,' but we just kind of kept on going and finally it was like, 'Look, we have five (songs). Let's just put them out.' "
Hammond will begin a three week tour to support the release on November 3 in Washington, D.C. He said he's started work on new material that "sounds so different from this EP already, like you're somewhere else -- in a good way, obviously. I feel kind of tired of the album format, to be honest. I like the idea of putting out two or three EPs a year, which is easier because I don't have to tour for eight months, come home and work for eight months on a record and then tour again. This way you can kind of tour a little bit, come home, record a few songs, put them out, go back on tour for a little bit, come home, do a few more songs, put 'em out...I feel like creating-wise, I'll grow quicker that way."