The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr will release his new solo album, Francis Trouble, on March 9 via Red Bull Records. The title of the record, and much of the lyrical subject matter, is about the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis. From the press release:

In November of 1979, Hammond Jr’s mother, Claudia, miscarried. Although they rushed to the hospital, Claudia and Albert Hammond Sr. were told that the baby was far too premature to live. Albert continued to grow inside of his mother undetected until she was nearly six months pregnant.

Although he had always known of the existence of Francis, it was not until he was 36 years old that he learned from an aunt that part of Francis had remained behind in the womb and was born alongside him – a fingernail. With his music moving in a different path than before, Hammond Jr wondered if this new direction came from another avenue of himself, perhaps emanating from whatever he and the departed Francis had shared for the few short months they had together.

If this all sounds heavy, it is, but Hammond says, "What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously. I think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message." You can check out the album's first single, "Muted Beatings," which shows he's still got a few hooks up his sleeve, below. You can also watch Albert and his band perform the song on CONAN, below.

Albert is currently on tour with The Killers, and will be opening for Franz Ferdinand in the UK. He'll launch his own headline tour of North America this spring, which includes a NYC show at Brooklyn Steel on March 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/2) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with album art and tracklist, below.

Elsewhere: Julian Casablancas, who isn't such a fan of that Meet Me in the Bathroom book, has a new album with The Voidz on the way, too.

Albert Hammond Jr - Francis Trouble tracklist:
Far Away Truths
Muted Beatings
Set to Attack
Tea for Two
Stop and Go
Rocky’s Late Night
Harder, Harder, Harder

Albert Hammond Jr - 2018 Tour Dates
2/02 Los Angeles CA @ STAPLES Center^
2/03 Las Vegas NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena^
2/05 Broomfield CO @ 1stBank Center^
2/06 Salt Lake City UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena^
2/13 Manchester UK @ Albert Hall*
2/14 Nottingham UK @ Rock City*
2/16 Newcastle Upon Tyne UK @ O2 Academy*
2/17 Glasgow UK @ O2 Academy*
2/19 Leeds UK @ O2 Academy*
2/20 Birmingham UK @ O2 Academy*
2/21 Bristol UK @ O2 Academy*
2/23 Cambridge UK @ Corn Exchange*
2/24 Brixton UK @ O2 Brixton Academy*
2/25 Brighton UK @ Brighton Dome*
2/27 Paris France @ Le Point Ephemere*
2/28 Amsterdam Netherlands @ Paradiso (Upstairs) *
3/01 London UK @ Dingwalls
3/06 San Francisco CA @ Great American Music Hall
3/07 West Hollywood CA @ Troubadour
3/08 Santa Ana CA @ Observatory
3/10 Phoenix AZ @ Flying Burrito Musical Fiesta
3/11 Santa Fe NM @ Meow Wolf
3/14 Austin TX @ SXSW
3/15 Austin TX @ SXSW
3/16 Austin TX @ SXSW
3/17 Austin TX @ SXSW
3/19 Dallas TX @ Tree’s
3/20 Houston TX @ White Oak Music Hall
3/21 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jacks
3/23 Atlanta GA @ Terminal West
3/24 Birmingham AL @ Saturn
3/25 Nashville TN @ Exit In
3/27 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall
3/28 Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel
3/30 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church
4/01 Boston MA @ Middle East Downstairs
4/02 Montreal Canada @ L’astral
4/03 Toronto Canada @ The Horseshoe Tavern
4/05 Detroit Township MN @ Magic Bag
4/06 Chicago IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/07 St Paul MN @ Turf Club
4/10 Seattle WA @ The Crocodile
4/11 Vancouver Canada @ The Biltmore
4/12 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
^ w/ The Killers
* w/ Franz Ferdinand