Posts Tagged ‘The Strokes’

February 19, 2018

Earlier this month, Albert Hammond Jr served up a fantastic new tune named Muted Beatings, a jaunty rocking thriller that I’m still deeply infatuated with. The famed garage rock artist is planning to release his fourth solo album Francis Trouble on March 9th via Red Bull Records, so he’s swiftly followed that gem up with a crunchy new rocker named Far Away Truths. It’s a whirlwind jam that swiftly evokes Albert Hammond Jr’s work with The Strokes. Francis Trouble, which was named after the stillborn death of his twin brother Francis and the lingering effects that event had in Hammond Jr’s life and music, can be pre-ordered, here.

February 3, 2018

I knew some great new Albert Hammond Jr. music was coming our way when I caught a show announcement from the garage rock artist most well known for his role in The Strokes. New solo album Francis Trouble arrives via Red Bull Records on March 9th, and new single Muted Beatings is a jaunty rocking thriller that feels like it’s part The Strokes, part Spoon. There’s nothing “muted” here, it’s full of energy and wonderfully hooking. Albert Hammond Jr.’s fourth solo album explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects it had on his life and music. Muted Beatings is available from iTunes, here.

October 26, 2016

Supergroup Summer Moon, which features Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her), and Noah Harmon (Airborne Toxic Event) appeared out of nowhere over a year ago to woo me with a muggy dance rock jangler named With You Tonight. The track, which they marked as a demo at the time, has now received one of those newfangled interactive 360 degree music video treatments, giving us the opportunity get up and strut around once again to the sweltry gem. I’d imagine if Porches, Broken Bells, and Spanish Gold jammed out together, it would sound something similar to this delightful charmer. The video accompaniment tells a tale about two people coming home from a dance ball and stumbling into a strange, occult world. I guess it arrives just in time for Halloween, then! Summer Moon is planning to release a debut album in 2017. With You Tonight is out on all major retailers. 

September 9, 2016

CRX is a brand new project founded by The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who certainly brings a generous volume of that band’s jaunty chugging, hearty chomping rock to first single Ways To Fake It. The band has already announced a debut album entitled New Skin, due out October 28th via Columbia Records. Judging from the mellifluous wavey, rambunctious buoyant sound of Ways To Fake It, it’s going to be an infectious and fun ride. New Skin was produced by Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal), too. There’s no doubt this is is going to be a solid album. New Skin can be pre-ordered from various outlets, here.

July 15, 2015
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It’s always exciting when members from different fantastic bands come together to form a supergroup, though the resulting music isn’t always as spectacular as the stuff from their original bands. Summer Moon’s With You Tonight, however, is an example of when it really works well. Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring, Lewis Lazar, The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, and Like’s Tennessee Thomas come together as Summer Moon to dole out a muggy dance rock jangler, heavily imbued with a funking, whimsical groove. It reminds me of Modest Mouse’s more uptempo offerings, but drenched in disco flavored, flushed pluckiness. This one’s fit for a very good twirl around the room.

May 13, 2015
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Everyone loves Albert Hammond Jr. for his role in The Strokes, but let’s not forget how brilliant the man is on his solo music, too. On July 31st, he’ll be dropping his third album, Momentary Masters, via Vagrant / BMG. Today, we get to hear a first track off the album, Born Slippy. It’s a catchy, punchy tune, with the melodic quality and stomping rhythm that we all expect of him. And the guitars, of course the guitars… It’s Albert Hammond Jr, after all.

January 7, 2015
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Johnny Saga, aka Canadian producer Wolf Saga, floored me with his synthpop version of The Strokes’ You Only Live Once, featuring LYON, over a month ago. I’ve been keeping a close watch since, and today, he dropped a new swirly tune named The Artists, available for free to kick off 2015. Johnny wrote the song a year ago and recorded it last fall. The song is about keeping the dream alive and persisting in your art even when people tell you it’s not good or like it for the wrong reasons .I get you, Wolf Saga, and I hope this message carries over to all the other amazing artists, producers, and bands that stop by IHM every so often. The Artists is such an inspirational, uplifting, and bright tune. As on the cover of The Strokes’ You Only Live Once, there’s an alt meets indie flavor to the song. Let’s listen to Wolf Saga’s Y.O.L.O. again below, featuring LYON. The track’s garnered some much deserved attention with over 330K streams on Soundcloud.

November 11, 2014
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Canadian producer Wolf Saga, aka Johnny Saga, kills it on this synthpop cover of The Strokes’ You Only Live Once. The throbbing, sugary electronic take features sweet, honeyed vocals by Toronto’s LYON. It’s a charming version of the hit song that’s simply irresistible and thoroughly perfect for a wistful Autumn indie dance party. I find myself reminded of Metric or Stars’ more upbeat songs, but remixed by RAC into a flavorful, vibrant, and punchy dance pop jam. 

November 11, 2014
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Canadian producer Wolf Saga, aka Johnny Saga, kills it on this synthpop cover of The Strokes’ You Only Live Once. The throbbing, sugary electronic take features sweet, honeyed vocals by Toronto’s LYON. It’s a charming version of the hit song that’s simply irresistible and thoroughly perfect for a wistful Autumn indie dance party. I find myself reminded of Metric or Stars’ more upbeat songs, but remixed by RAC into a flavorful, vibrant, and punchy dance pop jam. 

July 26, 2014
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Toronto acts Natural Animal and Craig Stickland joined forces to give us this dance pop cover of The Strokes’ hit classic Last Night. It’s a fun, disco tinged synthpop version of the well loved song that will get your head bopping in no time. It almost feels like an RAC remix, with Penguin Prison or Midi Mathilda in tow. It’s a playful treat to tide us over until Natural Animal debuts their first single from a debut album they’ve been working on for awhile now. For some more synthy goodness from Natural Animal, you’ll have to check out their remix of Bear Mountain’s Faded, below.