Albert Hammond, Jr., with the help of his “solo” effort’s band mates Matt Romano, Marc Phillippe Eskenazi and Josh Lattanzi, has created a fantastic follow-up to 2007’s debut Yours To Keep with ¿Cómo Te Llama?, out July 8th on Black Seal Records. An early July release date is perfect timing for this mellow yet summery album laden with fuzzy dream-like vocals and indie pop rock riffs that create an electric and sultry sound.
While ¿Cómo Te Llama? maintains a lesser garage-y sound than Hammond’s Stroke’s counterpart, one almost expects Julian Casablancas’ powerful voice to rip in on “Lisa,” over its heavy and distorted riffs. The album’s first single “GfC” (download) also nods to the Strokes’ efforts but it hugely poppy with a smooth and airy tone over dance beats that get you moving, perfect for those hot summer nights.
Hot, pounding summer beats shine through on “Victory At Monterey” atop an ambient white noise and staccato riffs that chase each other creating a drawn out, chill groove. The ambiance picks up with “Spooky Couch,” a solid and eerie instrumental track, featuring Sean Lennon on piano, that’s epically long but grows more dynamic as it’s played out. “Borrowed Time” and “G Up” are quintessential summer songs with their fast-paced tempos, rock hard riffs and driving beats. The latter flows seamlessly into “Miss Myrtle,” an upbeat number featuring gritty garage rock riffs.
¿Cómo Te Llama? is a wonderful sophomore effort and Hammond himself says, “I’m really proud of the power this record has. I feel like my melodies and song arrangements have matured” of the self-produced album. Hammond will be showcasing his newly matured sound on the road (dates below & more to come) with a first stop at Union Square’s Virgin Megastore for an in-store performance on the record’s release date.
Pick up a copy of ¿Cómo Te Llama? on July 8, 2008.
01. Bargain of a Century
02. In My Room
04. GfC (download)
05. The Boss Americana
07. Victory At Monterey
08. You Won’t Be Fooled By This
09. Spooky Couch
10. Borrowed Time
11. G Up
12. Miss Myrtle
13. Feed Me Jack Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Peter Sellers
Jul 08 – Virgin Megastore (Union Square) in-store performance / New York City
Jul 11 – Spaceland / Los Angeles
Jul 30 – Prince Bandroom / Melbourne, Victoria
Aug 01 – The Gaelic Theatre / Sydney, New South Wales
Aug 02 – The Zoo / Brisbane, Queensland
Aug 09 – Summer Sonic Festival / Tokyo
Aug 10 – Summer Sonic Festival / Osaka
Aug 11 – Club Quattro / Osaka
Aug 12 – Club Quattro / Tokyo
Aug 15 – McCarren Park Pool / Brooklyn