Made up of Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Joey Castillo and Troy Van Leeuwen, Queens of the Stone Age were formed in 1996, in California. With their laidback tempo, muscular guitars and industrial-strength percussion, the band became a pioneer of the phenomenon, known as ‘desert rock’.
Their most commercially successful album, Songs For The Deaf, was released in 2002 and featured a slew of hit songs, including No One Knows, Go with the Flow and A Song for the Dead. With a chugging groove, Songs for the Deaf is the gateway album to the band’s music and their gritty brand of rock. The repeated riffs and use of electronica led Homme to describe their sound as ‘robot rock’.
Well-respected among their contemporaries, Queens of the Stone Age have collaborated with the likes of Dave Grohl and Billy Gibbons, for their latest album.