It’s kind of hard to believe that Era Vulgaris is 6 years old. It didn’t initially make the same great impression that Songs for the Deaf and Lullabies to Paralyze did, but it has aged really well since 2007. There really isn’t a weak track on the record (“Turnin’ on the Screw” and “3’s & 7’s” rank among Queens of the Stone Age’s best), and the album really cemented the band’s place as one of the most consistent rock bands of the last few decades. Put their entire catalog on shuffle and you’re unlikely to skip a single track.
Finally, Queens of the Stone Age has released the first single from their new album …Like Clockwork, titled “My God is the Sun.” The good news is that it sounds like a Queens in the Stone Age song, which means it’s inevitably very good. Josh Homme’s guitar work remains as gritty and distinct as ever, and Dave Grohl’s return to drum duties gives the song a bigfoot stomp that wasn’t quite there on the two albums QOTSA recorded with Joey Castillo. It’s unlikely that this will be one of the best songs on the record unless QOTSA really dropped the ball this time around, but as it stands, very good isn’t quite good enough for the best hard rock band of the 2000s. Still, this is one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and I trust Homme and company wont disappoint.
Track below the jump.
…Like Clockwork is due out June 4.