April 25, 2013 19:13

Josh Homme: 'Alex Turner is one of the most talented songwriters out there'

The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman also praised the Arctic Monkeys' man's lyrics

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Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has said that Arctic Monkeys man Alex Turner is "one of the most talented songwriters and lyric writers that is out there."

He added: "If I'd have grown up in Sheffield, I'd have hung out with Alex."

Homme made the comments when talking to BBC 6Music ahead of the release of his band's forthcoming new album, '…Like Clockwork', which is set to come out on June 3.

In an interview – which you can hear at the bottom of the page – Homme also explained what it was like to work with Turner, Dave Grohl and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters on the new album, saying:

"These are people that are friends, so it's a great way to see them – and you're talking about three different workaholics right there. When everyone's busy, sometimes the best way to see them is 'hey will you come over and lay a vocal down?'".

He added: "I've always considered myself a workaholic... The way I work, I have to turn myself upside down and hang myself by my ankles and wring myself out like a wet sweater and I have to do that with other people too because I think that's where something good comes out."

In addition, Homme spoke about working with Elton John on the record. "He got really excited, so much so that he came back. He was like 'I want to come back and sing'."

Former Queens Of The Stone Age member Nick Oliveri also contributes to '…Like Clockwork', despite being fired from the band almost a decade ago. "Nick and I parted ways eight years ago, but three months after we parted we were seeing each other socially, because we're friends and I think that's what people couldn't understand," revealed Homme.

"He made his record at my studio and he wanted to drop off some vinyl and he jokingly said 'do you need any background vocals' and I said, 'actually I do…'."

'…Like Clockwork' is made up of 10 tracks and was produced by Homme and the band at Pink Duck in Burbank, California. It was recorded by Mark Rankin with additional engineering by Justin Smith.

The band's only confirmed live UK date this year is at Download Festival (June 14-16) at Donington Park.


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