Queens Of The Stone Age
It came from the desert.
What âitâ was, exactly, is still a matter of debate. Are Queens of the Stone Age a band? An association? A concept? The intermittent issue of an unhinged Carlo Von Sexron? The toxic byproduct of other bands? A variously shrinking and expanding group of friends and likeminded visitors? Or a secret society?
Whatever kind of strange and terrible mutation slouched out of the irradiated California wasteland in 1996, itâs evidently still around. It lives. It breathes. It canât be stopped.
âŚLIKE CLOCKWORK is the first QOTSA album since 2007âs ERA VULGARIS and, according to its founder and only identifiable constant, Josh Homme, â âŚlike clockworkâ was the only thing that didnât happen.â
After a lot of âpersonal ups and downsâ, a âmanic yearâ, Homme and the current iteration of the Queens--veteran Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman and Dean Fertita--along with the outgoing Joey Castillo and returning associate Dave Grohl, would decide to embrace The Beast, âride shotgun on our emotional bandwagonâŚhold the horrible, lick the lunacyâ and, instead of shying away from uncomfortable or painful subject matterâface it head-on.
Along the way, they picked up known associates Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri , Jon Theodore (now drumming full-time in the current live incarnation), Sir Elton John, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and Jake Shears.
âIâm usually (a guy who) would spit on the floor and say âletâs goââ, says Homme. âIâve always played my way out of troubleâŚ
People usually try and run from chaos. But this time, wherever it was most uncomfortable, thatâs where I decided to go.â
However highly previous QOTSA releases have been praised, Homme has consistently demonstrated a business plan of not giving a shit.
âThe only pressure is (making sure that) it wonât be the same as the one before.â
â Iâm not trying to get somewhere,â says Homme. â This is a document. For everything that went wrong, something went right. One day youâre parting ways with your drummer of ten yearsâthe next day, Elton John shows up.â
Whatever happenedâout there, in whatever desert arroyo, former meth lab, decommissioned missile silo, nuclear test site, underground laboratory, convergence of brain waves and gamma rays, QOTSA emerges with not only their best work to date, but one of the most ambitious, fully realized rock albums in recent memory.
by Queens Of The Stone Age