Put A Record On: Them Crooked Vultures Are In It For Fun
November 16th, 2009 | Global
It seems like super-groups are formed practically every other month—and often involve Jack White—so it's refreshing when new names are allowed airtime. Aerial band starters Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles of Death) are off to a successful start with Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled debut this year.
The tip-top trio is rounded out by none other than Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones himself, offering a three-way balance of seasoned rock 'n roll vets who each come with experience and skill to spare. Despite having toured the world countless with their other bands, the band members' joined camaraderie still excites themselves as well as the audience.
Grohl's pounding drums and JPJ's slap bass form a hard rock foundation for Homme’s minimal lyrics and screaming guitars. It’s easy to tell that Homme has been on writing duty, as many songs have the same long-winding quality as his work with QOTSA. "Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I" is one example of both Homme's way with song titles and outlook on the opposite gender: "I told her I was trash/She winked and laughed and said: 'I already know, I got a beautiful place to put your face'/And she was right."
Them Crooked Vultures is a trio of men with nothing left to prove except the enduring power and pleasure of music. These guys are just doing it just for fun, and like them, we should just sit back and enjoy the crooked ride.
Them Crooked Vultures is out now. For more information, see www.myspace.com/crookedvultures.
— David Hellqvist