Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rock corner: Queens Of The Stone Age

If its riffs you're after, you can always count on Josh Homme to lob a few in your direction like primed cluster bombs of SOLID ROCK.

The auspices weren't good, though. Pre-publicity for the sixth Queens Of The Stone Age album, ...Like Clockwork, touted collaborations with Scissor Sister Jake Shears and aging wig afficionado Elton John. But the presence of Foo Fighter frontman, Nirvana sticksmith and all-round awesome dude Dave Grohl on drums suggested things hadn't gone totally awry.

Grohl, of course, took percussion duties on QOTSA's biggest (and best) album to date, 2002's Songs For The Deaf - where his ludicrous fills were so perfectly married to the songs they became hooks in their own right.

A similar approach seems to have been applied to ...Like Clockwork, which Grohl describes as "insane".

"With Queens of the Stone Age, like, there were no boundaries," he told Radio 1 last year. "I’ll do something so completely ridiculous, I'll just be, like, 'There's no way that that Josh is going to let me do that,' and he'll say, 'Do that for forty-five seconds, over and over again' and that's become, like, part of the song. That's the way they work."

The first results are below: A song called My God Is The Sun, which rips through about 84 different ideas in three minutes, and contains the immortal line: "I don't know what time it was. I don't wear a watch." Genius.

Queens Of The Stone Age - My God Is The Sun

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