Artist of the Week: Them Crooked Vultures
There are a lot of expectations that come along with being a ‘supergroup’. Luckily for Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and The Foo Fighters/Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, Them Crooked Vultures exceeds all of them. The collection of rock superstars released their self-titled debut album this week to not only the delight of their pre-existing fans, but also to critical acclaim.
Blending the iconic sounds of their previous bands, Them Crooked Vultures is a ‘side project’ with the potential to make its own impact upon the sound of modern music.
“In essence, Them Crooked Vultures sounds like a 21st-century abduction of classic hard rock, packed with throbbing grooves and crunching riffs.”
– Huw Jones, Slant Magazine
Similar to: Unsurprisingly, a combination of Led Zeppelin, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters…and so much more.
“The term “super group” gets thrown around way too often in rock, but in the case of Them Crooked Vultures, it applies…Most of these Frankenstein projects usually end up being less than the sum of their parts, but Crooked Vultures sounded like it was on to something fresh, invigorating and just plain nasty.”
– Greg Kot, The Chicago Tribune
“Each is a bona fide rock star; more importantly, each is an MVP with a track record of extracurricular collaboration.
So whaddaya get when you put them all in Homme’s desert studio and hit record? You get an album of hard-driving, shape-shifting, crotch-centric guitar epics that sound a lot like QOTSA’s ominous robo-rock crossed with Zeppelin’s swaggering blues-metal. OK, big surprise. But how about this? At various points, this hour-long disc also picks the bones of psychedelia, garage-rock and even wave — and amalgamates all those bits and pieces into a sound all its own.”
– Darryl Sterdan, Sun Media