It wouldn’t be any other album. If you know me, you will know my obsession for this band.
When QOTSA release a new album I always get nervous. Nervous with excitement but also a deep seeded fear that I may not actually like the record and I did get a bit of a shock with ‘…Like Clockwork’.
‘My God is the Sun’ was released and it was accepted a great single. Straight up rock song, good hooks. Much like No-One Knows or Lost Art…
In my mind, and I don’t know if others agree with me, but knowing that Dave Grohl was drumming on most of the album and hearing the first single, I was expecting a return to SFTD days. Riffs and drums, hard rock.
When I listened to the album for the first time it threw me completely. I was sat on a crammed commuter train with my headphones in and I just wanted to talk to someone who might understand me. I text my friend and gave my view of confusion, but he reassured me and told me to listen to it a few more times and eventually I’d get it.
This may all sound ridiculous to the average music fan, but if you are an audiophile and mega-fan of an artist or band, you invest a lot of time, money and travelling time into them. You follow them for years, you meet them, you invest in other projects and music related to them. You get comfortable with their sound. They may make some changes but you always recognise distinct sounds and techniques they use.
This was something very different, but after multiple listens that week and in future months, reading interviews and eventually seeing it played live a few times, I understood what ‘…Like Clockwork’ was about.
Unlike any previous QOTSA albums this was truly a set of songs that were written to be recorded and played as a complete album and conveyed as an idea. This was a reflection into Josh Homme’s life in the months he was seriously ill after an operation went wrong. You can hear the pain and frustration in many of the lyrics.
This band has brought Josh a long way since it’s formation. From small bars to filling arenas night after night I truly do admire what they do. Yes I am a fanboy for these guys, but when you can produce music I love time and time again for different reasons then go blow my mind live I have an excuse.
Here’s to the next QOTSA album…