Albert Hammond Jr., the songwriting powerhouse of The Strokes, has announced he’s heading to our shores for two intimate performances.
Hammond Jr. is playing the shows in support of new album Francis Trouble. The record takes on heavy themes relating to Hammond Jr.’s stillborn twin brother, whose existence he only learned of two years ago.
“What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analysed or taken too seriously,” says Hammond Jr. “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.”
Sydney duo CLEWS will join Hammond Jr. on the road for the two exclusive Australian shows. Hammond Jr. has been gearing up for this visit by touring across the US, and will also play a set at Splendour in the Grass later this year.
Hammond Jr. will perform at Sydney’s Factory Theatre on Tuesday July 24 and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Wedensday July 25. Tickets are on sale from Friday June 1 via Frontier Touring.
Read our Gear Rundown on Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi here.