Saturday, 9 June 2018

Albert Hammond Jr - Faraway Truths

1.    Who?

Albert Hammond Jr is the guitarist for The Strokes and he doesn’t stray too far from his roots in Far Away Truths (Feb’18), the second single from his fourth solo album Francis Trouble (March’18). 

2. What? 

Faraway Truths is quite a sharp pop rock song that is quietly likeable without having a wow moment. It does have the benefit of sounding like a Strokes track too. 

3. Who does he sound like? 

The Strokes, The Libertines, and The Vaccines. 

4. What have the press said about Faraway Truths?

“Sumptuously melodic hook” – Drowned In Sound. 

“Could have easily found a place on either of The Strokes first two records” – The Wee Review. 

“As focused and sharp as anything he has ever produced” – Pop Matters.

5. Which bands influenced Albert Hammond Jr? 
The Cars, Frank Black (The Pixies), Guided By Voices, John Lennon, and The Velvet Underground. 

6. Why should I crank up Faraway Truths?
Even if the only Strokes album you can name is Is This It?, there is still something here for you. It makes good playlist filler. 

7. Does he have any other good 'uns?
Screamer has a Rolling Stones/Stooges garage rock vibe. 

8. Anything else? 
Much was made in the press about the album Francis Trouble being inspired by the recent revelation of the stillborn death of Albert Hammond's twin brother. 

The Vaccines are one of England's most beloved indie rock bands. They come from London and sound like The Ramones meeting The Strokes. The Vaccines main influences are The Strokes, The Kinks and The Monkeys. I Can't Quit (Jan'18) is from their fourth album Combat Sports (March'18). I Can't Quit showcases the bands return to the tighter, rawer, punchier sound of their first album while also reminding me at least of Icona Pop's I Love It.

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