The Stokes are recording a new album with American record producer Rick Rubin, Albert Hammond senior confirmed in a new interview.
Hammond Snr, the father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, let slip the news while out promoting his own material in an interview with The West Australian.
“They’re making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin,” Hammond said. “I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy.” He continued, “I’m sure this will be a very successful record.”
“I’m very proud of the band and of my son,” Hammond added. “They’re like all my children because I was there from the beginning.”
“I used to go to their rehearsals and they were very loud. I used to say ‘Guys, guys — mountains and valleys, highs and lows’.”
There’s a long history of speculation linking Rubin with The Strokes. In 2007 many rumours suggested Rubin was keen to work with the band before Fabrizio Moretti, drummer for The Strokes, later said in: “I’d love to work with Rick Rubin. He made some pretty seminal records. But it’s like, before we have an idea, before there’s a sketch done, we’re not going to choose the colour.”
2013s’ Comedown Machine was the last album to come out from the band, their fifth studio record. As coincidence would serve it, that record was also confirmed when Hammond Snr spilled the beans to the NME: “Albert says that the stuff they’re doing is incredible. They’re doing it themselves with their friend, engineer and producer. He just says ‘Dad, it’s incredible’,” he said in 2012.
Oh go on then, seeing as though it’s Friday night…