Josh Homme has talked about his working relationship with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in his recent interview with BBC Radio 1.
Grohl plays drums on Homme's new Queens of the Stone Age album "Like Clockwork", having done the same on their 2002 record "Songs For The Deaf." They also form 2/3 of the Them Crooked Vultures lineup alongside Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. "I have a special relationship with Dave," Homme told Zane Lowe (via NME). "I've known him since I was 19. He makes something good, great. If something's mediocre he makes it great."
It seems Homme called on old friends like Grohl to help with his new QOTSA album when it apparantly became one of the most difficult to write in his career. The album was originally scheduled for completion in 2011, but reports suggest it's been a roller coaster of drama for the band. In the interview, Homme confirmed that "Like Clockwork" was hard to face up to at some points.
"Every once in a whiles this process is difficult," Homme said. "It was a tough time and I thought I can run away from this or I can run into it."
Homme also talked about his relationship with Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner, who is his motorcycle riding partner and is among the star-studded guest lineup on the new album. Homme produced Arctic Monkeys' 2009 album "Humbug" and revealed that he once called on Turner for inspiration which led to a new song:
"I called him one day a few years ago, when I was first starting to think about the possibility of getting to make a record, and said 'hey man, give me a good line.' He hit be back and he was like 'kalopsia,' and I said 'kalopsia, what the hell's that?' and he said 'it's a condition where everything seems more beautiful than it actually is.'"
"Like Clockwork" will be released on June 3 on Matador Records.
Hear the new song "My God Is The Sun" by Queens of the Stone Age here: