While the Strokes remain on a nice long break, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. figured he'd use his spare time to get another solo album out. "I wanted to show a different side of me," says Hammond. For the follow-up to Yours to Keep, he re-teamed with his band--drummer Matt Romano, guitarist Marc Eskenazi and bassist Josh Lattanzi and engineer Gus Oberg--for five weeks at New York's Electric Lady Studios last fall. Hammond's goals included crafting "shorter and harder" tunes, like the ska-tinged "Miss Myrtle," as well as instrumental numbers, like "Spooky Couch." For "Boss Americana," Hammond and Oberg used "the Van Halen technique" for miking Romano's drums, connecting two kick drums by a long tunnel made from a blanket. And for the Cheap Trick-style power-pop song "In My Room," they plugged three amps into one another to achieve an enormity of sound in stark contrast to the first disc's bedroom vibe. "When we started, I would collapse with fear," Hammond says. "But it's amazing how people around you help you get back up, and that gives you the freedom to go weird places."
In the Studio: Albert Hammond, Jr. Falls Down, Gets Up and Reinvents Himself on Second LP
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
Cracked5 Famous Movies That Were Insane Parties Behind the Scenes
Guitar WorldTop 10 Best (and Worst) Comeback Albums of All Time
Screen Rant10 Decisions That Ruined Movies
Diffuser27 Rockers Who Died at Age 27
AskMenThe 40 Best Guy Movies Of All Time
Mental Floss33 Surprising Stories Behind Famous Songs
- Skulls, Satan and Dave Grohl: Inside Mysterious Occult-Rock Band Ghost
- 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
- Jimmy Fallon Plays Donald Trump, Gets Debate Advice From Obama
- Jon Stewart Bids Farewell to Fox News: 'Adios, Motherf---ers'
- Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free
- Are Rogue Militants Preparing for War on American Soil?
- Jimmy Page on 'Coda,' Led Zep's Indian Sojourn and His Next Big Project
- 25 Best 'Daily Show' Correspondents