Published On: Mon, Jul 31st, 2017

Is this it? The Strokes may not return 'at all'

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr has denied rumours that a new album by the indie rock band could be in the works.

His father, Albert Hammond Sr, had claimed in an interview that the band were working on their sixth album.

The 73-year-old had told The West Australian: “They’re making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin… I’m sure this will be a very successful record.”

Unfortunately for fans of The Strokes, it appears he may have been speaking prematurely.

On Twitter, Hammond Jr wrote: “Sorry everyone we are not in the studio recording.

“Forgive Albert Sr he got prematurely excited. A lot of unknowns and nothing worth speaking about at this time.”

Albert Hammond Sr had claimed his son was recording a new album with The Strokes
Albert Hammond Sr had claimed his son was recording a new album with The Strokes

The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas tried to put a positive spin on things – tweeting that “on the bright side” he was releasing solo material “for everyone to publicly judge soon”.

He joked: “What Albert Sr meant to say is we are working with NBA point guard Ricky Rubio on a new offense for our basketball league.”

So what should we take from this news? Are The Strokes not recording new music? Is there a new album coming in the foreseeable future? Is Julian Casablancas just going solo now?

Albert Hammond Jr explains: “We met and played a few music ideas for Rick to feel out a vibe but even a theoretical album plan would be years away, if at all.”

So not only should we not expect new music coming from the New York band anytime soon – we might not have it at all.

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