Albert Hammond Jr is pleased to announce his fourth studio album 'Francis Trouble' will be made available globally on 9 March 2018. Featuring furiously upbeat, catchy tracks motivated by an extremely deep message, AHJ's new album is certainly an interesting blend between a search for the self and toe-tapping melodies. Fans can preorder the album and get an instant download of the track ‘Muted Beatings.’ 

Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. In November of 1979, Hammond Jr’s mother, Claudia, miscarried. Although they rushed to the hospital, Claudia and Albert Hammond Sr. were told that the baby was far too premature to live. Albert continued to grow inside of his mother undetected until she was nearly six months pregnant.

Although he had always known of the existence of Francis, it was not until he was 36 years old that he learned from an aunt that part of Francis had remained behind in the womb and was born alongside him – a fingernail. With his music moving in a different path than before, Hammond Jr wondered if this new direction came from another avenue of himself, perhaps emanating from whatever he and the departed Francis had shared for the few short months they had together.

Taking a page from Bowie, Hammond Jr says: “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.”

Working within this mentality, Hammond Jr created Francis Trouble, an homage to both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of identity that arise because of their intermingling. The number 36 became especially relevant, as he had learned more of Francis’s story at that age, and because he was born on the 9th day of the 4th month of the year. Significantly, the album is exactly 36 minutes long.

In celebration of Francis Trouble Albert will be on tour with The Killers which kicks off tonight at The Staples Center in Los Angeles CA.  After a very short break, Albert will cross the pond for a run overseas with Franz Ferdinand followed by a US headlining tour. A full list of dates can be found below. 

Albert Hammond Jr

Francis Trouble 

Red Bull Records

Born: Van Nuys, California: a suburban area known as The Valley

Schooling: Was schooled in The Valley. Studied film in NYC, but dropped out to study Jungian philosophy and the underground

Work stint: Record store employee. Alphabetized records, movies and porn.... lots of porn. Got fired....

Music stint: Formed The Strokes with 4 other accomplices. 

Name: Albert Hammond Jr. shortened to AHJ. Found the best sound was at maximum amplification. 

Changes: Found a mask to tell my story. Found my lost persona in Francis Trouble

Marital Status: Wife Justyna

Domicile: A throwback to the life style of Henry David Theroux in the Catskill Mountains near Bethal, New York. 

Do not fear the unknown for it is constantly there.


Album Review

Certainly, it is clear to see how Albert's comment that, "the music is the mask the message wears" applies very heavily to his fourth studio album, Francis Trouble. Kicking off with a fast-paced track entitled 'DvsL', AHJ jumps straight into a wild set of vocals, that, heard on their own, at first don't seem to evoke a sense of a frantic search for an identity. Yet, as the album progresses, Francis Trouble becomes increasingly unrestrained and intriguing, reminiscent of the classic sound of The Strokes with a slight level of vulnerability that comes through in the lyrics (but only if you search for it).

Fierce guitar riffs, paired with backing vocals and intriguing refrains means that despite the deep and personal subject matter, Francis Trouble escapes an overwhelming mood of melancholy. AJH avoids deeply contemplative songs and instead denies listeners sufficient time to sit and think about the meaning behind the tracks. Instead, the music is enjoyable and upbeat and could easily be mistaken as light-hearted. In this sense, Francis Trouble creates a wonderful paradox that intermingles the artists' understanding of his identity and his clear enjoyment for creating music - mirroring the complexity that arises from AJH's understanding of his birth and simultaneously his twin's death. 

A great compilation of songs, that sound as good live as they do on the album.

Preorder Francis Trouble:

In case you missed it, watch Albert Hammond Jr performing ‘Muted Beatings’ on Conan! Stream here:


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