Former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork has quit Queens Of The Stone Age in order to concentrate on his own project, Brant Bjork & The Operators.
“Life in Queens was fun for the short time that I was there,” Brant told the Hammer, “but my involvement with them was a very loose thing and I’ve decided to move on. I may be on some of their new record, which is like ‘Rated R’ times ten, but Josh (Homme) needs a drummer who will be available to tour for the next year and a half.”
Released via his own label Duna Records on April 29, ‘Brant Bjork & The Operators’ was mianly recorded by Bjork himsel but features guest contributions from Shneebie of cult band the Earthlings, Fatso Jetson’s Mario Lalli and Franz Stahl of Wool and Foo Fighters fame. It’s a blend of classic rock, funk, pop and even jazz, but Brant is confident that those who approach it with an open mind will enjoy it.
“I’m recognised in the music world as a drummer in hard rock bands, but I grew up listening to a lot of different things,” he says. “I don’t see why I can’t incorporate all those flavours into one record, and I hope I’ve managed it without alienating too many people… it’s got swing and it grooves, like Zeppelin and Kyuss did.”
And speaking of Kyuss, Bjork, who remains committed to bringing The Operators to the UK by the year’s end, nows feels that it might be the right time for the seminal stoners to consider a reformation.
“It’s something that I’d love to do, the only thing stopping us is that Josh is really busy,” he states. “But maybe when the dust has cleared we’ll get together and do a few shows, see what happens… but maybe not, though! It takes five or six guys to make it happen, but I personally think it would be fun.”
In related news, Queens Of The Stone Age duo Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri will soon be releasing an album recorded with side project The Eagles Of Death Metal, who also feature Amen’s Casey Chaos and Shannon Larkin. ‘Peace Love And Death Metal’ will be available through Homme’s Rekords Records.