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Today, Albert Hammond Jr—globally renowned guitarist, singer-songwriter and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning band The Strokes—shares eight new songs from his much-anticipated forthcoming solo album, Melodies On Hiatus—listen/share the songs here and watch/share the official video for “Old Man,” the next in a series of episodic videos directed by Angela Ricciardi and Silken Weinberg, here.

“‘Old Man’ is a song about the passage of time and the realizations that come with it,” Hammond Jr says. “Musically, it came to me the quickest of any song on the record. Even Colin’s intro was one take. He didn’t even know what he was gonna play. He just played that and could never top it. Was an incredible moment to be a part of.”

Melodies On Hiatus will be released in full on June 23 via Red Bull Records—pre-order it here, and read his recent conversation with The FADER here.

“I’m going through changes and these songs reflect behaviors and moments of mine that—as time has gone on—have taken shape and become universal,” Hammond Jr explains. “I get asked about the meaning or big picture of this album, but it’s just that writing songs and creating is who I am and feels like why I exist. My goal is to have my music be part of someone’s life, part of their fabric, and this feels like the best collection of music I’ve made and my best attempt at achieving that.”

The eight new songs follow previously released track “100-99” featuring GoldLink—listen here and watch the video here.

Additionally, Hammond Jr recently confirmed his headlining On Hiatus Tour this September, which includes sold-out stops in New York and Los Angeles, with Rainsford supporting and additional dates in Los Angeles and Santa Ana announced today—see full routing below and get tickets here.

With contributions from GoldLink, Steve Stevens, Matt Helders and Rainsford, Melodies on Hiatus features production by Gus Oberg and was co-written remotely with Simon Wilcox, mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, M83, Metric, Chromeo) and mastered by Dave Cooley (Paramore, Spoon, Tame Impala, Jimmy Eat World,).

With over 175 million lifetime streams, Albert Hammond Jr has released four solo albums including Yours to Keep (2006), ¿Cómo Te Llama? (2008), Momentary Masters (2015) and Francis Trouble (2018). His critically acclaimed work has been praised by top tier outlets including NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and many others. He’s also performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and at a host of major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Primavera Sound and more.


  1. 100-99 feat. GoldLink
  2. Downtown Fred
  3. Old Man
  4. Darlin’
  5. Thoughtful Distress feat. Matt Helders & Steve Stevens
  6. Libertude
  7. Memo of Hate
  8. Home Again
  9. I Got You
  10. Caught by Night
  11. Dead Air
  12. One Chance
  13. Remember feat. Rainsford
  14. 818
  15. Fast Kitten
  16. I’d Never Leave
  17. Never Stop
  18. False Alarm
  19. Alright Tomorrow feat. Rainsford

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September 14—New York, NY—Racket*

September 15—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)*

September 16—Windham, NY—Cave Mountain Festival

September 20—San Francisco, CA—Bimbo’s 365 Club*

September 21—Los Angeles, CA—El Rey Theatre (SOLD OUT)*

September 22—Los Angeles, CA—El Rey Theatre (SOLD OUT)*

September 23—Los Angeles, CA—Lodge Room*

September 25—Santa Ana, CA—The Observatory*

* with Rainsford


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