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

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

November 2, 2006
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.
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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.

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