Albert Hammond Jr.’s new album cycle is officially off and running! The Strokes’ guitarist will release his next solo album on March 9 via Red Bull Records, and it will be titled Francis Trouble. The 10-track album follows 2014’s Momentary Masters in the timeline of the 37-year-old’s solo discography, and looks to act as the closest thing to new Strokes material anytime soon.
According to Pitchfork, the upcoming album is somewhat of a tribute to Hammond’s twin brother Francis, who was stillborn. Confirmation of the upcoming project comes just a few days following his spring tour announcement, which will see Hammond playing a little over a month’s worth of shows around North America this March and April. Some of those shows will also include Spanish rockers Hinds as the support act. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming spring tour are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Hammond was also the featured musical guest on “Conan” last night, and provided the live debut of the album’s lead single, “Muted Beatings.” The performance from Thursday can be watched in full in the video above, and features Hammond ditching his axe for a microphone. By the way he was gliding around the performance space without missing a beat, it’s safe to say that he does a pretty good impression of Julian Casablancas as a rock and roll frontman.
Speaking of Mr. Casablancas, the main vocalist for The Strokes is also scheduled to release his own new solo LP under the freshly rebranded Voidz name. The release date for said album has yet to be announced, but the band did offer the first listen of its lead single last week with an easy-listening rock tune titled “Leave It In My Dreams.”