Confirmed: The Strokes working on fifth album

Albert Hammond Snr confirms that the band are working on the follow-up to 'Angles'

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The Strokes have begun work on the follow-up to 'Angles', NME can confirm.

The band, who were last in the UK to headline last summer's Reading And Leeds Festivals, were reported to have been working on new material at the famous Electric Lady Studios in their home city of New York earlier this month, but this was quickly denied by their management and record label.

However, in this week's NME, which you pick on newsstands tomorrow (July 4) or available digitally, guitarist Albert Hammond Junior's father Albert Hammond Senior has revealed that the reports are true and the band are in fact working on their fifth studio album.

Asked if the band were recording, Hammond Senior said: "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'."

Then asked if he thought it would sound different from 'Angles', he said: "I don't think they'll go in a wildly different direction. Obviously the songs will be different, but I think The Strokes are The Strokes; they always will be The Strokes."

To read the rest of the interview and for a full report on the band's progress in making their new album, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands tomorrow (July 6) or available digitally.

You can watch a video interview with Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture talking about the band's plans for the follow-up to 'Angles' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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