Albert Hammond Jr.
debuted a brand-new song on the James Corden-hosted Late Late Show on Wednesday night. “Set to Attack” is the latest single to come out from the Strokes’ guitarist’s forthcoming solo album Francis Trouble, an album inspired by the death of Hammond Jr.’s stillborn twin.
The musician’s performance on Corden was dynamic to say the least. The musician climbed on top of a riser, singing and dancing as his lead guitarist played a solo below. Hammond Jr. revealed himself to be quite the showman, spinning his microphone in his hands before leaping off a guitar amp to the sound of the crowd cheering.
“Set to Attack” shows us exactly what Hammond Jr. meant when he said his new album should not be “taken too seriously.” The melancholy of the song is undercut by the pep and lightness of the melody. Unlike his previous release, “Muted Beatings,” whose video shows the scars left behind by something lost, the lyrics to “Set to Attack” seem to reveal the confusion and nervousness of a man asking a woman to dance: “I was so quiet / But you were excited / Waiting for the dance / They all just waltzed in / A second behind me / I stood there like some dumb kid.”
The single is the third song to be released off Francis Trouble, following “Muted Beatings” and, more recently, “Far Away Truths.” Francis Trouble is set to release tomorrow, Friday, March 9, via Red Bull Records.
Watch Hammond Jr.’s energetic performance of “Set to Attack” below. You can preorder Francis Trouble right here.