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Todd C Matthy Hard Music, News

They haven’t released their album yet, but I can already tell it will be a candidate for album of the year. Last week, Them Crooked Vultures made their New York debut at Roseland Ballroom with a phenomenal performance that is one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Then again what else should I expect from a supergroup composed of  drummer Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Probot), lead guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), rhythm guitarist Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age), and bassist, keyboardist, and legend, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

I don’t know the names of the songs, but from start to finish this concert was hard hitting, making it very easy to lose yourself in the music. The band’s sound is beat and groove heavy, combining the sounds of the members three acts with some good psychedelic moments thrown in. Dave Grohl played like he’d kept playing drums since the end of Nirvana, going ballistic. I don’t know much about Josh Homme. I never was a Queen’s of the Stone Age fan. I never got into their sound. However here his vocals were a perfect match for this projects sound. He wasn’t too loud, wasn’t too soft, and knew how to adjust his voice for each song. Finally, there was the man that drew me to the band, John Paul Jones. Jones played like he was still with Zeppelin and performed really well for a man his age. Later in the set, he got back on the keyboard, playing a  “No Quarter” inspired song. I was a little disappointed they didn’t play “No Quarter” but I (and the crowd) got over it very quickly.

If you went to the show expecting to hear  Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana numbers you will be disappointed. The lack of performing past songs clearly shows this band is serious about carving their own path and not relying on their reputations, which is good because I want to see more from them. Also, they didn’t play an encore. Disappointing, but it left me wanting more and that’s the goal of every band.

Them Crooked Vultures’ album drops on November 23rd. Want to see what all the hype is about? Click below…


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