The Strokes still striving

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 June 2010
The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr

The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr

The Strokes insist they don't feel like a successful mainstream act and are still ''struggling'' to achieve what they want to

The Strokes don't feel they are successful.

The 'New York City Cops' hitmakers - whose three albums have made the top five in charts across the world - insist they haven't yet "made it" and still want to strive to do better.

Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. said: "I don't feel we've made it in the way that bands were in the 80s. The way I see it is we're still struggling to get there.

"In a way we're the biggest underground band. I don't feel we are in any mainstream whatsoever. Maybe slightly in the UK, but not really. Everywhere else we're known and it's awesome, but there's still things to try and reach and try and do."

The group are currently working on their long-awaited fourth album and Albert admits the positive reception they received for their greatest hits set at the recent Isle of Wight festival has spurred them on further.

He added: "You play in front of people and they give you a certain confidence and a certain, 'We've done this now'. That excites me to be able to go back to the studio after all this. You're a little more sure about your position."

The Strokes

Formed in 1998 in NYC, The Strokes are am indie rock/garage group best known for singles 'Last Nite', '12:51' and 'Juicebox'. Their first album Is This It, released in 2001, reached number two on the UK charts, as did 2003's Room on Fire, but it wasn't until 2006 that First Impressions of Earth, their third reached the…

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