August 25th, 2009
While some around here may decry the varied and sundry side projects of Jack White, this writer has a penchant for the work of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, UNKLE, Desert Sessions, The Wellwater Conspiracy). And it appears we can add another mysterious moniker to his impressive resume: Them Crooked Vultures. The name was spilled this summer by his EODM bandmate Jesse, and from the teaser vids on YouTube and their own site, the lineup is kinda the supergroup of the year: Dave Grohl (who recorded and toured with Josh for QOTSA’s “Songs for the Deaf”), Alain Johannes (Eleven, Chris Cornell’s band, and longtime guitarist for QOTSA) and… drum roll, please: John Paul Jones, of Led Fawking Zeppelin. The poster for their Chicago appearance featured the Foos’ “FF” logo, a symbol from Zep IV and the “Spermy Q” image from Queens’ second album. Sweet.
There is about as much conjecture flying around as truth with regard to this band’s future recordings, but the body of work that’s appearing on the YouTubes and reviews of their Lollapalooza two weeks ago confirms that they have an album’s worth of music in the bag.
Their official (though basically empty) site is here. So far it’s just got a vbulletin forum and a google maps plugin that may or may not tell you where they are at the moment. I eagerly await more.