The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. is set to release a solo EP 'AHJ' on October 8 via fellow bandmate Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. The new project, self-described as "the best material that I've made so far," is the guitarist's first new solo music since 2008's ¿Cómo Te Llama? and was produced, engineered and mixed by Gus Oberg at Hammond Jr.'s Manhattan and upstate New York studios. "I've been working with him since my first solo project, after we met and became best friends," said Hammond Jr. of Oberg. "We get along and we understand each other musically, so everything just flows."
The Strokes released their own Comedown Machine in March but never toured in support of or substantively promoted the album. "It just feels too one-sided or weird or not fun when it's not coming as a group effort," says Hammond Jr., "but everything's great."
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