This week’s featured artist American is Josh Homme! Born May 17th 1973, he is best known as the frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, of which he is the founder, primary songwriter, and only continuous member. He formed the band in 1996 and sings lead vocals and plays guitar, as well as occasionally plays bass, piano, and drums.
He also co-founded Eagles of Death Metal in 1998, playing drums for their studio recordings and occasionally performing live with them. He has produced a musical improv series known as The Desert Sessions since 1997, and formed a project in 2009 called Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, releasing their self-titled debut album later that year. In 2016, he produced, co-wrote, and performed on the Iggy Pop album Post Pop Depression, and has also been involved with acts such as Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys.
Homme’s work is usually described as alternative rock, desert rock, hard rock, and stoner rock. He has been evasive about the equipment he uses in the past, choosing to either change the subject or even lie when asked about his setup in interviews, as well as objecting to official photos of his pedalboard. He explained in June 2007, “I don’t share secrets only because my sound is important to me and I’ve spent a lot of years just working it over with little tricks here and there, I almost feel like if you reveal too much of that you give away something that’s near and dear to you. It’s like you put it up on the altar and say, ‘Here, everyone take a slice.'”
In choosing his equipment, he tends to look for the odd or unique, opting to stay away from the typical choices of other guitar players. He has said that he purposely does not use famous guitars such as Stratocasters or Les Pauls, but that he is always in search of intriguing and unique guitars which are not always generally accepted as high-quality, such as “weird Japanese guitars” or guitars that are “scarred” and have an interested story.
In a 2013 interview Homme revealed aspects of his distinctive guitar playing style. He demonstrated the ‘Josh Homme scale’, which he claimed was the result of years playing and altering the blues scale. The scale has the intervals 1, b3, 3, b5, 5, 6, b7.
Check out below for a live video of Go With The Flow, with a tab of the lead riff!
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