Albert Hammond Jr: 'I'm Down With Built To Spill'

The Strokes guitarist confesses love for the 'You in Reverse' outfit

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The Strokes, The Fillmore, Fabrizio Moretti, Albert Hammond Jr, Nick Valensi, Julian Casablancas and Nikolai Fraiture
Albert Hammond Jr. on October 1st, 2005 in New York City. Bayley/Redferns/Getty

Whenever Built to Spill play in town. I'm there. Doug Martseh's layered guitars inspire me tremendously the song "Everyone Gets a Star," on my new album [Yours to Keep], was me mimicking what I love about them. On You in Reverse, their new album, "Goin' Against Your Mind" is my favorite, an amazing nine-minute epic with one of the greatest, longest intros I've ever heard. Their songwriting – especially their melodic sensibilities – are underappreciated. They make modern music that sounds classic.

This story is from the November 2nd, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 1012: November 2, 2006
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