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Albert Hammond, Jr.

Albert Hammond, Jr. is an American musician and member of the garage rock band The Strokes in which he mostly plays rhythm guitar and occasional lead. He is also a solo musician. He released his debut album Yours To Keep in 2006 and followed up with Como Te Llama? in 2008. The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Frank Black, Guided By Voices, John Lennon, Matthew Sweet, Television and The Velvet Underground are often cited as his major influences.

Hammond was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Gibraltarian musician Albert Hammond and Argentine former model and beauty pageant winner Claudia Fernandez; his mother has Peruvian and Austrian roots. Albert Jr. was sent to the elite boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland at the age of 13. While there, he met Julian Casablancas, who would go on to be a fellow band member.

His trademark is wearing formal three-piece suits, and has been said to be the most influential on the band's style. Albert is usually seen playing a 1985 '70s reissue Olympic White Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul Jr. that is sometimes used by bandmate Nick Valensi. On the majority of The Strokes' songs he plays rhythm guitar, and solos are played by Valensi. The songs in which Hammond does play solos are "Last Nite", "Trying Your Luck", "Take It or Leave It", "Under Control", "The End Has No End", "Ize of the World", and "Vision of Division". His solos tend to focus largely on more emotional, "bluesy"-type melodical work, and the guitar tends to have a cleaner, softer tone in comparison to Valensi's (with a notable exception found in "Vision of Division"). He often holds his guitar in a high horizontal position, similar to Buddy Holly, which he says is so that he can dance better.

Related websites

Albert Hammond Jr. : Rolling Stone

Albert Hammond, Jr. - PopMatters Concert Review

The Evening Standard (London) - "Albert is so neat"

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Albert Hammond, Jr. official website

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