Al­bert Ham­mond Jr

The Scotsman - - Reviews -

SWG3, Glas­gow

WHILE the lat­est al­bum by The Strokes per­co­lates slowly in the hands of pro­ducer Rick Ru­bin, the New York band’s guitarist Al­bertham­mond Jr – son of song­writ­ing roy­alty Al­bert Ham­mond Sr–has bus­ied­him­self with his sparky solo ca­reer, in­clud­ing a new al­bum, Fran­cis Trou­ble, in­spired by his mis­car­ried twin brother.

He could be for­given for in­dulging him­self on such a topic but Ham­mond Jr has lit­tle time for in­tro­spec­tion. He is a strong singer and an ex­tro­vert front­man in his own right, leav­ing much of the melo­di­ous gui­tar wran­gling, spiky riffs and chim­ing chords to his band, while he was lib­er­ated to bounce around and tes­tify in his snazzy gold suit.

As one of the ar­chi­tects of the Strokes’ ir­re­sistible sound, he hasn’t strayed too far from that joy­ous mix of new wave, rock’n’roll and garage punk which the band re­vi­talised in the early 2000s. Ham­mond Jr sup­ple­mented this with some bub­blegum el­e­ments to open­ing num­ber Dvsl, fol­lowed up with all due haste by the propul­sive Rude Cus­tomer and louche indie rock of Set to At­tack in a nicely paced, dy­namic set, char­ac­terised by mem­o­rable hook­lines.

His ef­fort­less fa­cil­ity for melody is in the genes – Hard to Live (In The City) boasted some of the power pop res­o­nance and emo­tional yearn­ing of Ham­mond Sr’s best tunes – but just to re­as­sure that he has no in­ten­tion of turn­ing into his dad, he rounded off the set with the heav­i­est song in his arse­nal, the metal­lic power rocker Screamer.

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