‘Momentary Masters’ comes out on July 31, but it’s hit the Internet a week early.

Listen to the entire album here. Thoughts?

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Stereogum posted a feature story on Albert today, one in which he gets into detail about the current state of The Strokes. The writer, Ryan Leas, also does a good job of reading between the lines re: Albert’s outlook toward the band.

“I’m still in the band. It was a big thing in my life, I love it very much. I don’t mind answering questions about it,” Hammond says when I start by saying I assume he’s frustrated by answering Strokes questions all the time. Last month, Hammond made comments about how the Strokes have no future plans beyond Austin City Limits in October. After Casablancas had said he was working on new Strokes material, a lot of people took the quote slightly out of context, interpreting it as a bleak outlook on the future of the band, or Hammond’s own disenchantment with the slow-moving machine the group has become.

In reality, he meant it as positively as he could. As Hammond puts it, he’s simply become burnt out on not having a real answer for people. “I was tired of being like, yeah, we’re doing stuff…I don’t know what we’re doing. I would love to tell you,” he explains. “If anything, it saddens me to have not done stuff.” As for Casablancas’ comment, apparently the band did try some stuff out. They went into the studio, worked on two recordings, Casablancas sang on one of them a few months later. “That’s what I mean, the machine now is moving very slowly,” Hammond explains. “There’s nothing I can do to speed it up. After a while, you feel drained from it because of how much I love it and care for it.” If there’s any weariness in Hammond’s voice now or at any other points when asked about the Strokes, it’s because he truly seems to want to be doing more Strokes stuff alongside his own work. “My personality kinda needs me to leave it on the side,” he says regarding the periods of relative inactivity in the band. “I can’t put the burner on simmer. If I put the burner on, I have all these ideas and I want to do all this stuff, and then I get depressed when nothing happens.”

The article hits many of the same topics that other interviews and feature stories have touched on, like the inspiration for Momentary Masters and Albert’s drug use. However, there was one quote that really stood out to me.

He recounts the kind of harrowing scene familiar to anyone who’s known an addict or alcoholic: a time where his parents were knocking on his door while he was passed out inside, called a locksmith and broke the door down, and tried for twenty minutes to wake Hammond up. “I woke up to my mom crying like only a mom can cry when she thinks her son is dead,” he recalls. “Which is something you should never hear.”

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