Artists of the Week: Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age (1996) is an American rock band currently formed by leader Josh Homme (vocals and guitar), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keyboards) and Job Theodore (drums).
Born from the ashes of stoner rock icons Kyuss, the Queens of the Stone Age released their self-titled record in 1998 and R (as the movie rating) two years later. If their sophomore record, with a wider variety of instruments to spice up their heavy riff-orientated rock music, gained them a lot of attention from the press, it was 2002’s hit-packed Songs for the Deaf that definitely launched them to stardom. The following records, 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007’s Era Vulgaris kept the fans focused on the band, but hardly gained them new acolytes. Meanwhile, Josh Homme produced and released the 9 volumes of the Desert Sessions series (1997-2003) filled with loose and fascinating collaborations with musicians from bands such as Soundgarden, Mötley Crüe, A Perfect Circle and P. J. Harvey.
…Like Clockwork is the first Queens of the Stone Age record in 6 years and marks the return of founder bassist Nick Oliveri and a staggering set of guest: the habitués David Grohl and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Trent Reznor, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), James Lavell (UNKLE) and Elton John.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.