Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vultures trickling out.

Them Crooked Vultures sent out an update for what I'm sure is a growing legion of crazily expectant fans (including myself) who are expecting a musical revelation based on heresay and, well, almost nothing but reputation.

But this is Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and the most consistently stable force in rock for two decades, Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters/whoever needs the best drummer alive). Based on the few live clips, and the clips these Vultures have released, it's hard not to believe. A lot.

That's the teaser for "Scumbag Blues," a link to which was included in the band's email update, The Crooked Times vol. 3. You can hear a bit of QOTSA in the sound, but it has a vastly different feel. The color scheme is also the similar to what was used for the videos the QOTSA album Songs for the Deaf spawned but the look is all new.

The Vulture-headed human is a brilliant and instantly recognizable image. And the three of them standing there, just waiting to slay you... It works. The enthralling obsession grows. But I digress. Focus on the music.

There's more going on here than just a remade QOTSA. Check out a few live clips...

"New Fang"

"Dead End Friends"

And finally, a full performance of "Scumbag Blues"

U.S. and European tour dates have been announced and shirts have been on sale for a while, though an album - which we all know is coming - has not actually been acknowledged. The rumors are we'll see it in October. I have no idea how anyone will wait that long.

Them Crooked Vultures
Crooked Vultures on Twitter
Them Crooked Vultures Official YouTube Channel (This includes far more studio and live clips than I've posted above.)

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