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Strokes star 'in rehab while making LP'

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Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes

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The Strokes star Albert Hammond Jr has revealed that he was recovering from drug addiction during the recording of the band's new LP Angles.

The guitarist admitted that when the band first started working on the new album, he contributed very little due to his addiction to hardcore substances.

He described how he returned to the studio fairly swiftly after leaving rehab, however, and was keen to catch up on lost time.

"People can't believe I did that," he told The Sun.

"I wasn't on any chemicals. It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended.

"You always do the crazy rockstar thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the f**ked-up s**t they did."

Fellow band member Nick Valensi revealed that the group were aware of and concerned about Hammond Jr's drug abuse.

"We all saw something was broken - certain people getting into drugs," Valensi said.

"There was a lot of nodding off and passing out in the studio, like, 'Jesus, you're not awake to record your part, we have to wait four hours so you can nap.'"

The band have revealed that they are to start work on their next album in April, despite releasing new LP Angles just last week, entering at number three on the UK album chart.

Watch the video for The Strokes' new single 'Under Cover Of Darkness' below.

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