Posted by: Phil | October 3, 2009

Spotlight: Them Crooked Vultures

A supergroup with the likes of the men behind Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. Oh yeah, and the bassist is from Led Zeppelin.

Picture taken by kristof_acke

Picture taken by kristof_acke

Them Crooked Vultures is yet another collective band that came about this year that’s already started touring before their first album has even hit store shelves. After they made their debut at Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, Vultures have been touring some of the hot spots around Europe for the past two months. Security had been reportedly extra tight as the few fan-recorded live videos have been of pretty mediocre quality. Now, US fans will get a second chance at seeing the band live as October 1st was the beginning of their US tour starting at the Austin City Limit festival in Texas. According to Rolling Stone, it was a hell of a set too.

Them Crooked Vultures at Lowlands 2009. Picture taken by 3FM.

Them Crooked Vultures at Lowlands 2009. Picture taken by 3FM.

The Vultures have not been leaving fans completely high and dry when it comes to content though. The band’s page bleeds out a studio update or two every once in a blue moon with a taste of a song alongside a random montage of studio footage or a cryptic animated video. What’s interesting about the band beyond the fact that combined, they probably have the most influence on modern rock music ever assembled in one band, is their sound. It isn’t out of one person creative playbook, but rather it’s a dirtier version of everything each band member has been through with their previous bands. The guitar riffs are very much in Josh Homme’s (Queens of the Stone Age) wheelhouse, as they reflect his background in stoner metal with his other bands. However, they have much more of a hard rock presence, probably because he’s been recording with one of the most influential bassists of all time in John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). The drums are classic Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) fare, giving enough punch to be recognized but never overpower the song. This dynamic could be in part that Grohl has worked with Homme before as the drummer on the album “Songs for the Deaf” for Homme’s band Queens of the Stone Age, which is considered their best album by many.

Josh Homme and John Paul Jones (Lowloands 2009). Picture taken by 3FM.

Josh Homme and John Paul Jones (Lowloands 2009). Picture taken by 3FM.

The band is playing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on October 12 and, unfortunately, it has been sold out for a while even when the tickets cost almost $50 a piece. They’re also playing at the Roseland Ballroom on October 15 for people who believe that “The City” is up north. Tickets are still available, but be willing to pay a premium as they sit right at $62 right now for immediate purchase. If you have the money, however, this is one supergroup that might be willing to go see. If you want to see a sample of some of their music, play some of the videos below (Courtesy of themcrookedvultures on

“Scumbag Blues”

“Elephants (Studio)”

“Nobody Loves You And Neither Do I (Studio)”



  1. Whaaaaaat.

    How have I never heard of these guys? Thanks so much for posting this. I am the biggest zep fan ever and somehow I had no idea that this band even existed. I checked out you’re videos and they’re absolutely sick. Gonna try and see these guys asap.

    Definitely going to put you on my blogroll. Would be ill if you could do the same since we both have music blogs.

    Keep it up. I’m going to read this regularly.

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