A few days, ago, erstwhile pop singer Albert Hammond Sr. told an Australian newspaper that The Strokes were in the process of recording a new album with fabled producer Rick Rubin. That made everyone excited. On Saturday, his son, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., clarified on Twitter that there’s no album to speak of. Now everyone’s bummed.
Hammond Sr. seemed pretty solid in The West Australian when he said, “They’re making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin. I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy.”
Meanwhile, vocalist Julian Casablances took the opportunity to reveal that he's working on new music with his side band, The Voidz…
...And to make a pretty-clever-all-things-considered basketball joke.
Rubin, of course, is one of the most heralded producers of the last half-century, having worked with everyone from The Beastie Boys to Johnny Cash. He was in on the ground floor of New York’s hip-hop revolution in the early ‘80s, and The Strokes basically lit the fuse on the city’s rock revival in the early ‘00s, so it seemed like a great match. The Strokes haven’t released an album since 2013’s Comedown Machine.