Commence name drop: In a new interview with The West Australian, legendary songwriter Albert Hammond, Sr. says his son’s (guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr.) band, the Strokes, is recording a new album with Rick Rubin. (H/T Stereogum)
Hammond, Sr. is very direct in the interview. “[The Strokes are] making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin,” he says.
He adds, “I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy. I’m sure this will be a very successful record.”
Rubin, the bearded musical shepherd, has worked with a veritable who’s who of industry titans since the 1980s: Beastie Boys, U2, Adele, Run-D.M.C., Kanye West, Metallica, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, the list goes on and on.
This is not the first time Rubin and the Strokes have been linked. There were rumors circulating in 2007 that Rubin wanted to work with the band post- First Impressions of Earth. There is an Entertainment Weekly article called “The Strokes to work with Rick Rubin?” from October ’07, so this could be another flirtation. As of this publishing, the Strokes have not commented on Hammond, Sr.’s remarks.
The elder Hammond has let the cat out of the bag before, however. In 2013, when asked if the Strokes were recording, the ever-proud father said, “Albert says that the stuff they’re doing is incredible. They’re doing it themselves with their friend, engineer and producer. He just says, ‘Dad, it’s incredible’.”
That album ended up being 2013’s Comedown Machine, the last full-length release from the Strokes.
Hammond, Sr. seems very plugged in to what the Strokes are up to, and, according to his conversation with The West Australian, the world may never have heard the New York band’s opening salvo Is This It? without his largesse.
Hammond says he personally fronted the money to book the studio time that would eventually birth the first Strokes album.
“Nobody understood them, so I said, ‘Here’s the money, go in the studio and make the record’,” he says. “I never got it back, but it doesn’t matter. I just love knowing I helped them out.”
He adds, “I’m very proud of the band and of my son. They’re like all my children because I was there from the beginning.”
Revisit the Strokes’ video for “12:51”: