The Jakarta Post
Signature sound: New York musician Albert Hammond Jr brings part of his Francis Trouble tour to Jakarta for We the Fest, putting on a dazzling and energetic set that most rock bands only dream of pulling off. (JP/David Caessarre)New York musician Albert Hammond Jr has proven himself to be a class act who owns the stage like the true rock star he is.
It became clear that he did not need The Strokes in order to shine as a musician. But The Strokes certainly does need him.
It is his riffs that really define The Strokes’ sound, as his excellent interplaying chemistry with lead guitarist Nick Valensi made hits “Reptilia” and “Someday” or deep cuts “Automatic Stop” and “Ize of the World” as eternal as they should be.
But with the band’s future and status in limbo, and the fact that it seems all five members are more interested in pursuing other proje...