“My God Is the Sun” may not provide us with any breaking insight into the mind of Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age, but six years on from their last release (2007′s Era Vulgaris) it is refreshing to have this hard-charging front man and band back. Granted, your idea of refreshing has to be of the relentless kind. And, a love of speedy, blues guitar helps, too. Yeah, your refresher probably needs some pummel in there, while we’re at it. The rhythm section on “My God is the Sun,” is particularly on point, on this, the first single from Like Clockwork (6/4 on Matador Records). Perhaps, refreshing wasn’t the word I was looking for at all. Something more like fierce would work.
- October 8, 2014
That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?" Read More