Top to Tail, Queens of the Stone Age.

Top to Tail, Queens of the Stone Age.

Alas, we’re still awaiting enlightenment as to what collaborations between Josh Homme’s ineffably badass desert-rock bruisers Queens of the Stone Age and the likes of Elton John and Jake Shears might sound like, although by ‘eck did Brussels get it lucky this week as the distortion junkies swung by radio station StuBru to air a couple newbies from forthcoming sixth studio full-length …Like Clockwork, along with a customary acoustic take on No One Knows. Up first, we’ve I Sat By The Ocean – a languid, roily work redolent of both Coffee and TV and Little Sister, and indeed it’s not too dissimilar to much of the hi-fi stomp to have been trampled into Era Vulgaris start through finish.

Although it’s the moody, bluesy If I Had A Tail which flickers with greatest promise, as Homme’s deadpan snarl glints in squiggly riffs which skid right off the fretboard. “Get your hands dirty; roll up them sleeves/ Brainwashed, or true believers/ Buy flash cars; diamond rings / Expensive holes to bury things” he seethes, a cactaceous barb in his ass by the sounds of it and with society in a significantly more perilous state of disrepair than it was some seven years ago when QOTSA were last heard from, we’re in need of harsh smiting oh great smiter!

…Like Clockwork is out June 3rd on Matador Records.

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