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May 09

QOTSA – Everything running ‘…Like Clockwork’

Queens Of The Stoneage

Queens Of The Stone Age

Josh Homme knows how to tease. Ever since news broke that the new Queens Of The Stone Age album was gonna feature the likes of Elton John and Jake Shears (yeah really!), fans around the world have all been fascinated as to what the new record was gonna sound like, well at least I have!  Add to that Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri, two players everybody desperately wanted to see return, and the legends that are Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, plus a bunch of other names, the ingredients must surely be there for something a bit special? Luckily we don’t have long to find out, with a release date of June 3rd pretty soon we are gonna know whether or not QOTSA have released another cracker? And the band have been eager to crank up the anticipation, drip feeding us part songs and live cuts, as well as the lead single ‘My God Is The Sun‘ which along with ‘I Appear Missing‘, you can check out below.

Now I may be completely wrong, but I don’t imagine the recording process for any QOTSA record to be an ordered, organised affair. I mean I guess it has to be to an extent, but I kind of picture smoke filled studios, lap dancers, alcohol, bongs, small dogs (check out Matt Berry and Steve Agee’s very funny Secrets Of The Sound to understand that final reference lol) but invariably from this madness, if indeed it is madness, comes a fine piece of art. And given it’s been 6 years since their last offering, 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris’, I am hoping that all that time, and events in-between including the supposed death and revival on the operating table of main man Josh Homme, will provide a deep well of creativity and inspiration from which to draw upon. I have to admit in being completely biased as far as this band are concerned, I have loved everything they have ever done and I just can’t see how this current bunch of players can deliver anything supposedly ‘sub-standard’. I will of course offer my opinion when the record comes out but in the meantime check out the teaser vids to get just as excited as I am about how good this record might be!

Oh and as if that wasn’t enough to get your knickers wet, Alice In Chains release their new album entitled ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ on the 28th May (more to come on that soon) –  2013 is already a great year!