Concert review: Albert Hammond Jr. at The Basement
As Albert Hammond Jr. came on stage at The Basement on Friday, a mutual feeling of joy and contentment rushed over the eager crowd. Hammond, who is well known as the Strokes guitarist and son of Albert Hammond, recently came out with his new solo album Momentary Masters and performed a great deal of it last Friday here in Columbus.
The Basement is the most intimate type of concert venue you could come across and Hammond took advantage of that. From grabbing onto the ceiling rafters to falling to his knees, he had the crowd engaged the moment he stepped on stage. From the first guitar riff, everyone had no problem dancing along. Even if you didn’t know the song by heart, his music could still move you.
Each song he performed provided a new and fresh sound which can sometimes be difficult with rock music. But you can tell that Hammond’s music really speaks to people and that they genuinely enjoy its company — whether that’s by screaming the lyrics, or playing an air guitar in the crowd to show their appreciation.
Walking Shapes opened for Hammond.
All photos by Matt Ellis.
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Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.