Albert Hammond Jr. announces new album, Francis Trouble, shares “Muted Beatings”: Stream

The Strokes guitarist returns next month with a solo album about his stillborn twin brother

Albert Hammond Jr.
Albert Hammond Jr.

    As his Strokes cohort Julian Casablancas prepares to drop his sophomore album with The Voidz, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is readying a new release of his own. Entitled Francis Trouble, Hammond Jr.’s fourth solo full-length is due out March 9th.

    Hammond Jr. was inspired to write the record after learning new details about his stillborn twin brother, Francis. He already knew that Francis had been born too prematurely to live and that he himself had survived in his mother’s womb for six months before anyone realized he was there. It wasn’t until he was 36, however, that an aunt revealed a part of Francis was born with him: a fingernail. Hammond Jr. began to wonder if the new direction his music was taking had emanated “from whatever he and the departed Francis had shared for the few short months they had together.”

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    In an ode to his unborn brother, Hammond Jr. made 36 a prominent aspect of Francis Trouble. After all, that’s the age he learned of the fingernail, and he was born on the 9th day of the 4th month (9 x 4 = 36, of course). Even the album’s runtime is exactly 36 minutes.


    As a first peek at the effort, Hammond Jr. has shared the lead single “Muted Beatings”. It’s hard to see the story of the album in lyrics like, “Now I’m waiting on something you said/ Like a waitress, too good to forget,” but as Hammond Jr. himself said in a press release, “What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously. I think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message.”

    Take a listen to “Muted Beatings” below.

    Hammond Jr. also made an appearance on Conan last night to debut “Muted Beatings” live. Check out the replay below.

    Pre-order Francis Trouble here. Find the artwork and tracklist ahead.

    Muted Beatings Artwork:

    Francis Trouble Tracklist:
    01. DVSL
    02. Far Away Truths
    03. Muted Beatings
    04. Set To Attack
    05. Tea For Two
    06. Stop And Go
    07. Screamer
    08. Rocky’s Late Night
    09. Strangers
    10. Harder, Harder, Harder

    Hammond Jr. kicks off a tour stretch opening for The Killers tonight in Los Angeles. Later this month, he’ll join Franz Ferdinand in Europe before returning to North America for a headlining tour of his own. Find his complete schedule below.


    Albert Hammond Jr. 2018 Tour Dates:
    02/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center ^
    02/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena ^
    02/05 – Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center ^
    02/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena ^
    02/13 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall *
    02/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City *
    02/16 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy *
    02/17 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy *
    02/19 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy *
    02/20 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy *
    02/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy *
    02/23 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange *
    02/24 – Brixton, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy *
    02/25 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dom e*
    02/27 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere *
    02/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso (Upstairs) *
    03/01 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
    03/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
    03/07 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
    03/08 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
    03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Flying Burrito Musical Fiesta
    03/11 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
    03/14-17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/19 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
    03/20 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    03/21 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
    03/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
    03/24 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    03/25 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
    03/27 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
    03/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    03/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
    04/01 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
    04/02 – Montreal, QB @ L’astral
    04/03 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
    04/05 – Detroit Township, MN @ Magic Bag
    04/06 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
    04/07 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    04/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    04/11 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
    04/12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

    ^ = w/ The Killers
    * = w/ Franz Ferdinand

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