By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Albert Hammond, Jr., of the famed indie-rock band, The Strokes, played at The Sinclair in Cambridge on Sunday, September 20 to an excited crowd.
The Strokes have a dedicated fanbase and following and with Hammond there is no difference. Hammond walked onstage at 10:30 p.m. with his signature lightning bolt guitar strap and white Fender. Hewas dressed casual and wore his signature black Converse from his Strokes’ days.
Hammond released his third album “Momentary Masters” at the end of July between touring and playing at music festivals, like Lollapalooza in Chicago. He has previously released two full-length albums and one EP.
Hammond plays rhythm guitar for The Strokes, but could be the lead singer as well. The two opening acts for Hammond were lackluster, but the minute the band entered the stage, the crowd went wild with cheer and singing along to Hammond’s lyrics.
Hammond is able to energize a crowd like no one else. He joked around with the crowd and his large and infectious smile filled his face in between songs. He talked back to the crowd when they shouted at him, no matter how obscene, and the crowd could tell he genuinely loves being onstage.
The band and Hammond played an outstanding 17-song set that chilly Sunday night. They opened up with “Rude Customer” off of 2013’s EP “AHJ” and closed with a two-song finale of the hit “Rocket” from 2008’s “Como Te Llama” and “Drunched in Crumbs” from the newest album.
The Strokes have five full-length studio albums and released their latest album “Comedown Machine” in 2013. The Sinclair is located at 52 Church Street, Cambridge and also offers a sitdown dining experience seven days a week, with concerts most nights.