Greetings readers! Flak here with the second round of Supergroup articles for you, this time with the present day powers that be.
Them Crooked Vultures
This power trio originated only last year, with their first live show last August. This superpower is comprised of members from some of the strongest names in music : Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age on Guitar and vocals, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, and of course Foo Fighters Fame. Rounding out the groove section is the bass legend, John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin.
So far, their self titled album has carried them quite a ways and found a place in my heart with the single New Fang, which Josh said was “a song about new beginnings” when I photographed them earlier in the year. The latest from the trio strongly hints that a new “more powerful” album will be released either before this year’s end or early 2011, so keep your ears peeled.
I leave you with the music video for New Fang. Enjoy!
Isles and Glaciers
This supergroup is super in every sense of the word. With seven members from different hardcore bands, Isles and Glaciers is the child of Chiodos’ Craig Owens, and Jonny Craig of Dance Gavin Dance. Since its a little lame to try and list seven dudes and their roles, let’s make this easier on everyone: • Jonny Craig (of Dance Gavin Dance) – lead vocals • Mike Fuentes (of Pierce the Veil) – drums, percussion • Vic Fuentes (of Pierce the Veil) – vocals, guitars • Matt Goddard – bass guitar • Nick Martin (of Cinematic Sunrise) – guitars, backing vocals • Craig Owens (of Chiodos) – lead vocals • Brian Southall (of Boys Night Out) – guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, programming
So far the band has only released their EP, The Hearts of Lonely People, which was a very promising experiment. My personal favorite song was Empty Sighs and Wine which I leave you with.
Wu Tang Clan
There should be no surprise that Wu Tang Clan is on this list for anyone even familiar with rap at all. Wu Tang Clan has been doing it big since 1992 from the streets of Staten Island and beyond. All ten members of the Wu Tang Clan are going strong, save for Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004. While the Clan has over a dozen albums from different groups within it, the Wu Tang Clan has only put together 5 albums as a whole. Still, the group is still one of the most respected names in Hip Hop, with a following of music lovers worldwide.
Wu Tang still puts out some of the better writing skills we see in hip hop today, and I tip my hat to RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, by giving you a classic Wu track, Triumph.
Keep your eyes peeled for what will most likely be my favorite part of the series: Supergroups, the future!
Until next time my friends,