The Strokes will return from a short hiatus in 2014, it has been revealed. The band revealed the news to fans in a cryptic email update to fans while promoting guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s new solo album, which read: "Hey folks, while the Strokes are toiling and writing, looking at 2014 for a return to the scene, Albert Hammond Jr. has been busy on his solo EP." Their last album "Comedown Machine" was released in only March this year, but claimed they had no further plans to record at the time. Later, they admitted there could be as many as 10 new Strokes albums in the future, but felt they had earned the choice to take their time and release music on their own schedule. Hammond Jr.'s new EP "AHJ" appears on Strokes' singer Julian Casablancas' label Cult Records last week. It follows his 2006 debut solo album "Yours to Keep" which was followed by "iCуmo Te Llama?" in 2008. Describing the new album, Hammond Jr. said: "It’s a combination of both previous recordings, which in turn makes it feel like it’s the best material that I’ve made so far."