Albert Hammond, Jr. wandered out into the vast, murky waters of the solo career in 2006, when he released his first album, Yours to Keep, outside of the auspices of a little New York band called the Strokes. Over the past nine years, Hammond has forged an independent career to rival that of Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas, and just dropped Momentary Masters, his third solo album, at the end of July.
Fans of the joyful, fuzzy, power-rock of the Strokes will recognize the same driving energy in Hammond’s tunes, with incisive, intelligent lyrics to match. Hammond accomplished this pop-rock masterpiece with the help of producer Gus Oberg, who worked on many of the Strokes albums, and a powerful new backing band, made up of Hammond’s guitarist since 2008, Hammarsing Kharhmar (the frontman of Mon Khmer), Bleachers guitarist Mikey Hart, drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot) and bassist Jordan Brooks.
He’s already sold out one night at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, but there are still spots for grabs at his 9/22 show. Get ‘em here while you can.