Albert Hammond Jr previewed material from his forthcoming second album ‘Como Te Llama’ with a private show at Mercury Lounge in New York City last night (July 1).
Opening with ‘Blue Skies’, Hammond jumped on a banquette to the right of the room and performed the song solo-acoustically, before being joining his band on stage.
Joining Hammond were drummer and co-producer Matt Romano on drums, guitarist Marc Philippe Eskenazi, bassist Reno Bo (formerly of The Mooney Suzuki) and new guitarist Hammarsing Kharhmar.
In front of an audience comprised mostly of industry-types, family and friends, including Hammond’s mum Claudia, a bevy of famous faces were spotted in the intimate crowd including Hammond‘s girlfriend Agyness Deyn, Kirsten Dunst, Nick Zinner, Adam Green and Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
In contrast to his somewhat shy demeanor at his debut show at Mercury Lounge during CMJ 2006, Hammond’s months of touring his debut album have apparently taught him a new confidence in which he laughs off a request by a crowd member who yells ‘Take off your jacket!’
Despite a couple of fluffed lyrics and some feedback, the show was a tight one, with Hammond performing a total of nine songs from the new album, including standout album track ‘Victory At Monterey’, the marching-band style ‘Rocket’ and live-favourite ‘In My Room’.
Meanwhile, Hammond will perform a free show at Virgin Megastore in Union Square, New York to celebrate the release of the album on July 8 at 8pm, and will open for Regina Spektor at McCarren Pool, Brooklyn on August 15.
‘Como Te Llama’ comes out July 8.
‘Everyone Gets A Star’
‘In My Room’
‘Victory At Monterey’
–By our New York staff.