It’s been a Queens of the Stone Age kind of day here at Consequence of Sound. Last night, the band performed their first U.S. concert in support of their new album …Like Clockwork, which we’ve since documented in both photos and video. Now, Matador Records has shared a new biography for the band, penned by Josh Homme’s longtime pal and noted Superhero, Anthony Bourdain.
It came from the desert.
What it 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, its evidently still around. It lives. It breathes. It cant be stopped.
LIKE CLOCKWORK is the first QOTSA album since 2007s ERA VULGARIS and, according to its founder and only identifiable constant, Josh Homme, like clockwork was the only thing that didnt happen.
After a lot of personal ups and downs, a manic year, 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, ride shotgun on our emotional bandwagon
hold the horrible, lick the lunacy and, instead of shying away from uncomfortable or painful subject matterface 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.
Im usually (a guy who) would spit on the floor and say lets go, says Homme. Ive always played my way out of trouble
People usually try and run from chaos. But this time, wherever it was most uncomfortable, thats where I decided to go.
However highly previous QOTSA releases have been praised, Homme has consistently demonstrated a business plan of not giving a shit.
The only pressure is (making sure that) it wont be the same as the one before.
Im not trying to get somewhere, says Homme. This is a document. For everything that went wrong, something went right. One day youre parting ways with your drummer of ten yearsthe next day, Elton John shows up.
Whatever happenedout 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.
— Anthony Bourdain