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Editors’ Notes

If you’re going to “go retro” with your music listening, it’s best to do so with guys who have been there. So, Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones forms a cross-generational supergroup with Nirvana/Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and the riffs come tumbling. The group brings back a danceable backbeat to the hard rock pantheon (“New Fang”) and a new workbook for the next generation of guitar players (“Elephants”). Just as Zeppelin were anchored by the swinging bludgeon of John Bonham, so Them Crooked Vultures are vaulted forth with Grohl’s sturdy grooves. “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I” kicks things off with a dark boogie riff that’s pure Zeppelin and a Homme vocal that belongs to early-‘70’s hard rock. “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” throws Jones’ keyboards against Homme’s convincing Jimmy Page impressions. “Reptiles” runs through a jungle as tense as Zep classics “Achilles’ Last Stand” and “Kashmir”. “Scumbag Blues” updates Cream. “Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up” channels Iron Butterfly and the Doors. Them Crooked Vultures are both tribute and a legitimate foot forward.

Customer Reviews

What a mess !!!

What a mess, what a racket, what a noise ... and what an album !!!
No better bass player than JPJ, Grohl drumming as solid as ever and Josh is just so original.
Listen out for the bits you missed first time round ... some really clever stuff buried in here. Album of the year by far ...

Long Time Coming

Been waiting for this ever since Dave Grohl wrote the opening message to the Led Zeppelin Q special - hinting towards a possible inclusion in the Zeppelin line up - but Josh Homme too?! Incredible sound, very Zeppelin/Queens/Foo - it really does sound like someone has stuffed all three bands in a blender, drank it, shat it out and then picked out the biggest chunks, throw in a few more cliches, and we're onto a winner BoYS!! But seriously, a little less ego and this album could be more than just a brand, playing on the 'supergroup' theme only works for the fans that have never heard any of the 3 bands concerned; due to the similarities so easily extracted. Saying that though, it sounds comparable to Wolfmothers first album in the sense that you could hear every Black Sabbth and Zeppelin tune - with Vultures, you hear 3 different songs in one. Nice though.

Them Crooked Vultures

A great line up but too heavily influenced by Homme. Grohl though a great drummer will always be a better front man and song writer. As for Jones, his genius could have been utilised better!


Formed: 2009 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An alt/classic rock supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures feature Queens of the Stone Age's guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme, Nirvana/Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on drums, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass. The trio first discussed collaborating in 2005, but not much more was heard of the project until summer 2009, when Them Crooked Vultures announced that they had been recording an album in Los Angeles. The band made its live debut at Chicago's Cabaret Metro after that year's Lollapalooza Festival...
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