Members Of Soundgarden, OFF! And Queens of The Stone Age Forming New Band
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.10.2014
They talk about it...
Billboard reports that Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, Dimitri Coats of Off! and Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) are working together for a "fun little side project". Here are highlights of an interview with Coats.
On the details of their side project: "I think we've laid down the foundation for, like, ten songs. I'm going to be singing. Alain's definitely singing a bit. We might invite a couple of guests at some point. I'm kind of along for the ride on this one. Those guys have known each other for years; I'm like the new guy. I don't know if we're gonna play live or what the deal is. I just know that I really enjoy hanging out with them and I'm learning a lot and we work very quickly; before I even feel like I've learned a song it's like we're hitting the record button. There's a looseness that reminds me of Off! -- certainly not the music, but the way we do the music."
On why they got together: "I think we're all in situations in our bands where we may not get to express ourselves fully the way we want to, and this is an opportunity to let some of those other colors out in our songwriting. All those guys can write songs. They can all sing. They can all play guitar and all different instruments. Those guys are top-level musicians -- I sometimes feel like, 'What am I doing here?'"
On how the music sounds: "It's a little bit more laid-back than I would've thought, but in a good way. There's some kind of heavy, bluesy moments and then there's some really beautiful stuff, too. It's a little bit like 'Superunknown,' that kind of era of Soundgarden, mixed with Alain's kind of Stevie Wonder vibe. And they call me the secret weapon; I'm a little bit rough around the edges, but I have a lot of good ideas."