The Strokes‘ Albert Hammond, Jr. returns today with “Rude Customer”, the first single off his forthcoming solo EP, AHJ, due out October 8th through frontman/bandmate Julian Casablancas’ own Cult Records. “It’s all just the same,” Hammond, Jr. cries out, coincidentally over guitars that echo 2003’s Room on Fire. Well, good to know he still has a flair for the ’70s. The track was premiered today on BBC Radio 1; listen to the replay below (via Dear Darkness).
The five-track effort was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammond’s own studios in Manhattan (Broome Street) and upstate New York (One Way Studios). Hammond played all instruments on the EP with the exception of drums, which were performed by Matthew Frank Romano.
“Once you play music for a living, you’re always thinking about stuff,” Hammond explains the EP’s influences in a press release. “Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies – things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other people’s songs becomes like competition – you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Hammond’s extensive interview with NME, where he opens up about the band, his problems with addiction, and much more.
01. Cooker Ship
02. Strange Tidings
03. Carnal Cruise
04. Rude Customer
05. St. Justice