The Strokes‘ Albert Hammond Jr and Nick Valensi will both appear at Dylan Fest in Dublin this Friday (August 9).
The guitarists will appear on a line-up celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, which also includes Fran Healy of Travis, Bell X1’s Paul Noonan, Gemma Hayes, Boz Scaggs, Jape, Conor and Neil Adams from The Cast Of Cheers, Butch Walker and James Vincent McMorrow. All proceeds from the event, which takes place at Dublin Academy, will go to benefit Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Meanwhile, Albert Hammond Jr has announced that he will release a new EP this year on bandmate Julian Casablancas’ label. The guitarist revealed that the five-track EP will be released in September via Casablancas’ Cult Records. It will be his first solo release since 2008’s ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’, which followed his solo debut ‘Yours To Keep’ in 2006.
Hammond Jr plays most of the instruments on the EP, which is currently untitled. Matt Romano – who is one of the organisers of Dublin’s Dylan Fest – is on drums, and long-time Strokes collaborator Gus Oberg is on production duties.
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Nick Valensi is collaborating with Brody Dalle on her forthcoming solo record. The former frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette has been recording her first solo album in California and recently posted a picture of Valensi on Instagram and thanked him for his playing, writing: “Thank you Nicky Valensi for the radass guitar”.
The Strokes released their fifth album, ‘Comedown Machine’, in March.