From the Horse's Mouth

Them Crooked Vultures: Putting the Psychedelic Badass Back in Rock

Posted in 1 by theskinhorse on December 28, 2009

If you didn’t already hear about the hard rock/alternative/acid rock-influenced supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, you should go plug your solid self into the electric goodness that will melt you down to quivering, buzzing atoms of delicious divides and resurgence.

If you click-y-ed the linky, then, YES, you did see that this is a Led Zeppelin-QotSA-Foo Fighters lovechild comprised of John Paul Jones, Josh Homme and Dave Grohl. Grohl, having worked with both Homme and Jones, was the perfect quantum glue to help solidify this trio.

The first mention of the formation was in 2005. And why didn’t I hear about this? Where was I? I have no idea, but I should have been paying more attention. Perhaps then I would have known they were touring the USA in October and November, before they released their self-titled album in mid-November of this (soon-to-be-past) year. Man, I would have sold just about anything to get enough dough to see them live.

Hey, for those reading/listening, if you seriously want me to get THE definitive BEST gift EVER, hook me up with front row/pit tickets. And while I’m making my wish-list, let’s add some backstage passes and a personal meet-up with the band. Outrageous? Maybe, but I’ll be continually willing it into manifestation. The first step, is putting it out there. Maybe one of them will be toasted and blissed-out while stumbling upon my blog, and think “let’s support breast cancer research in an unconventional way by making some cancer researcher’s wishes come true by making this happen.” Totally possible. Hey, Josh, my birthday is two days after yours… joint birthday party?

Anyway, give it a listen, buy it, love it, drool all over it, show it to your friends and touch yourself while grooving out. The Zeppelin elements are apparent in many of the songs, illustrating that the heart of Zeppelin’s sound is indeed Jones, though he kept some distance from the limelight compared to the other band members in their heyday. Heavy and melodic arrangements characteristic of both Grohl’s and Homme’s style come out and gel perfectly. The powerful percussion with its impeccable timing and deep movement amp up the energy. Distortion and subversive but sultry ‘creepiness’ inherent in QotSA’s style are interlaced, giving an ethereal feel to the album. Though one may be able to pinpoint “this is Josh’s influence; this is Grohl’s addition; these are Jones’ skills,” the third mind of the band emerges in landscapes of reeling, diverging/merging, abstract sounds, tossing one head-over-heels in an ocean of musical genius. I really can’t think of a more talented and amazing band walking the earth currently.

This is just the beginning of my newly found obsession. Oh, the fun to be had…

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