The Pierces Share A Conversation With Albert Hammond, Jr.

New York based sister act, The Pierces, recently caught up with their good friend Albert Hammond, Jr. of Strokes fame and the cameras were rolling the whole time giving fans and listeners a peek into their upcoming album and what life is like for the ladies. 

Catherine and Allison Pierce’s soon to be released album, You & I, features a variety of well known names in the music world playing drums like  Will Champion of Coldplay, Glenn Moule of Howling Bells and Matt Romano of Little Joy.  The album also features guitar work from their dear friend, Albert Hammond Jr. 

The video provides snippets into the lives of the Pierce sisters as they record shop in New York City and reminisce about their days as ballerinas, their emotionally grounded lyrics and their musical influences. 

You & I, produced by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman and Grammy winning producer Rik Simpson, will be released on May 23rd on Polydor Records.

Check out clips of the interview here.

The Pierces Release “Love You More”

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The Pierces, a New York based band composed of Catherine and Allison Pierce, are definitely doing a good job creating hype for their upcoming record. Their lead single, “Love You More” is a clear continuation of The Pierces’ style of dark lyrics and themes but at the same time you can hear how country has become inspiration for the sisters.  Top of the line producers such as Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Grammy Award winning producer Rik Simpson are now working on their upcoming album. The sisters also collaborated with Matt Romano from Little Joy and Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes, which will definitely provide more of a rock feel to their tracks. The still unnamed album was recorded in Coldplay’s studio in London and in Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Now there are visuals to go along with the lead single, as the Pierces released a music video to “Love You More”. This Tarantino-esque clip takes us to a desert where the siblings drive around and get revenge from an old lover, like a pyromaniac version of Thelma and Louise. Check out the fiery video under the cut!

Julian Casablancas to Release Solo Album

Just when we thought, or were promised really, that a new album by The Strokes was on the way, it was recently released that frontman Julian Casablancas is releasing a solo album of his own. I guess the big question here is, ‘What took so long?’ since nearly all of the other members have been working on other projects. With all of that aside, I have a feeling that this  will possibly be the most popular of The Strokes’ side projects. The album will be titled ‘Phrazes For the Young’  and include songs such as ‘Brake Lights’  and ‘Ludlow’.  It was produced by Jason Lader with additional work by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (who oddly just produced the new Pete Yorn album. Guess he is settling in since Bright Eyes is only making one more record together before Conor goes solo for good). Casablancas will hit the road this year with a series of special show dates and then a mini solo tour to follow at the end of 2009. I’m going to take a longshot and say he will probably appear at CMJ. Will we finally get that new Strokes record this year? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. They said they were working on it. Sigh. Quite frankily, I just miss The Strokes.

Get a taste of Julian solo at