After it was rumored and then denied a couple of weeks ago that the Strokes were working in a New York City studio, NME reports that Albert Hammond Sr., the singer/songwriter father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., has confirmed that the garage rockers have begun recording their fifth studio album. Asked about the project, the senior Hammond 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.'"
- Asked if he thought the new record would sound different from the band's last effort, 2011's Angles, Hammond Sr. 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."
- Angles followed a five-year gap between albums for the band, coming after 2006's First Impressions Of Earth.
- It was reported that the making of Angles was a very turbulent time for the group, which has never been known to get along very well.
- By all accounts the process has gone smoother this time around, which is perhaps why the band is taking less of a break between projects.