Let’s get this out of the way - Albert Hammond Jr. is the backbone of The Strokes. His approach to guitar playing is synonymous with those albums, and his solo output only continues to solidify the fact that his creative input is vital to that band’s success. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s focus on the only important thing, and that’s his solo work.

On his latest album (his fourth solo effort), Francis Trouble, we find him showcasing a sense of exuberance that feels massively new. There’s a breath of fresh air in how he’s approached songwriting on this album, and it comes across loudly when he’s on stage, jumping up and down like a teenage boy. How did this happen and what does it mean for his creative journey? Listen to the podcast to find out.

“It’s never really set, it’s constantly in motion.”

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