Queens Of The Stone Age’s first new album in six years, Like Clockwork, comes out next week, and preview tracks have offered the usual straightforward heft and high-flying guitar licks. QOTSA leader Josh Homme sat down with guitarist/producer Matt Sweeney for an episode of Noisey's “Guitar Moves” series to talk early influences and jam out on different elements of Homme’s playing style. Homme shares stories of first learning polka-style guitar from the only teacher out in the desert near Joshua Tree, how he picked up little pieces of his solo style from ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page, and gives simple advice to any kid picking up a guitar for the first time: “When you expect anything from music, you expect too much.” Homme and Sweeney get a bit sweaty, and the jam space in Homme's sweltering garage doesn’t seem too safe considering they shock each other at one point, but it’s an intriguing look at how a unique and under appreciated guitar player arrived at his style.
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