With support from Yassasin.
Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the
stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that
event has had in his life and music. 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
Taking a page from Bowie, Hammond Jr 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.”
Working within this mentality, Hammond Jr
created Francis Trouble, an homage to
both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of
identity that arise because of their intermingling. The number 36 became especially
relevant, as he had learned more of Francis’s story at that age, and because he
was born on the 9th day of the 4th month of the year.
Significantly, the album is exactly 36 minutes long.