Monday, October 26, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures - New Fang

New Fang by Them Crooked Vultures  
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What a way to open the week - and I'd like to thank Europe for being literally hours ahead of us. Them Crooked Vultures, the most super of supergroups to emerge since, what, The Traveling Wilbury's (Monsters of Folk may share a sound, but TCV share star power), let out their first single today, "New Fang."

Josh Homme, John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl have been slaying audiences around the world since late summer, raising expectations for their studio debut Never Deserved The Future with each passing second. Last week brought two announcements: the single is out today and the album is out in early November.

The actual sound of the band should not be all that foreign what with the live clips and teasers that have trickled out since the Vultures acknowledged their own existence in the first place. Homme brings the regular vocal- and solo-shredding swagger that fans of Queens of the Stone Age have come to expect. And it's no shock that JPJ plays his bass like a guitar and Grohl is, well, an animal.

Three quotes from the October 29 issue of Rolling Stone:

"It's cool to see people's reactions, because their expectations are so high, but they don't know what the fuck to expect," says Grohl. "I've never been in a band like that."

"I've never even heard of a band like that," says Homme."

"We're beginning to phrase alike now," Jones says. "We're doing fills and stuff in the same places. That's what it was like with Bonzo [yes, he referred to John Bonham when talking about Grohl]. We're coming up with the same chemistry within a rhythm section that makes a band great."

Those quotes are from Austin City Limits a few weeks ago, just before the band hit the stage. All three quotes are true. JPJ knows what he's got. And now those of us who haven't seen the band live know too.

The barreling, aggressive, bad ass "New Fang" lives up to a massive expectation built up over months of secrecy. This song now raises the stakes even higher for the rest of the album. 

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