The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. shares the “magical-ness” of working on the band’s forthcoming album with Rick Rubin

The band rented a house on top of a mountain in Costa Rica and performed every day, as if they were playing a concert for the ocean.
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The Strokes have shared an update on their experience working with legendary producer Rick Rubin, on their upcoming new album.

The band rented a house on top of a mountain in Costa Rica and performed every day, described by Rubin in a recent interview as if they were playing “a concert for the ocean”.

Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. shared his amazement at the “magical-ness” of the experience in a chat with Maxim. He went on to explain that he has faith that the band has not yet written their best songs yet.

“I don’t think if I told you what it looked like and what it was, you’d fully understand the ‘magical-ness’ of where we were and how it was to record like that,” he revealed. “It felt really touching that one of his favourite recording experiences was this one he just had right now.”

“I really think what excites me about wanting to play music and continue doing it is, I don’t think we’ve written our best songs yet. I really feel that in my gut.”

The Strokes and Rubin first began working together in 2017 on their album, ‘The New Abnormal’, released in 2020.

The band have also announced the upcoming release of a special vinyl box set. Titled ‘The Singles – Volume 01’, the set will feature singles from their first three albums, B-sides and rarities. It will be pressed on black vinyl and the artwork from each original release will be replicated in the package. It will be released on February 24th, 2023 via RCA Records/Legacy Recordings.

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