The thundering isolated drums of Dave Grohl on Queens of the Stone Age ‘No One Knows’
Dave Grohl is undeniably a fully paid-up member in the association of rock royalty thanks to his tremendous efforts with Nirvana and Foo Fighters. That said, his drumming excellence doesn’t get much better than on Queens of The Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’ which sounds even greater when isolated.
The friendship between Josh Homme and Dave Grohl goes back decades with the brothers in arms even famously forming the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures together along with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones—but their finest work was with those desert rockers QOTSA.
Their collaboration on QOTSA’s now seminal third album Songs For The Deaf is perhaps their finest project to date with Grohl’s thrashing drums providing the perfect foil for Homme’s whisky-soaked vocal and fearsome riffs. Simply put, rock doesn’t get much better than ‘No One Knows’.
The chance to play with Queens of The Stone Age in 2002 for the record as the drummer was too tempting for the former Nirvana man to turn down. Grohl came into the experience tired and fed up with the Foo Fighters who were at a place of creative stillness trying to record their own album. It was this opportunity to work with Homme that ended up rejuvenating Grohl.
“The thing that got weird with us was: I had, we were making a record and it just wasn’t working out – our fourth record,” Grohl recalled about how the experience came to be. “It just didn’t sound good, it didn’t feel good, we weren’t into it. In the meantime, my buddy Josh from Queens of the Stone Age had just bailed his drummer. He said, ‘Dude, I’ve got two weeks. Could you just come do the drums on my record?’.”
“They were, like, my favourite band, they were amazing. We’re good friends, we’ve known each other for 30 years, a long time. I thought, ‘Yes! I get to play on a Queens of the Stone Age record.’ So we go on to record with Queens, and it was kind of the opposite of what we were doing. What we were doing was, ‘Alright, let’s just put this bass down.’ The Queens of the Stone Age thing was this collective lightning bolt, ‘Let’s do this!’,” the former Nirvana man honestly stated.
The release of pressure of being away from the microphone made Grohl fall back in love with the process of making music. It saw him get behind a drum kit for the first time in eight years, which was a riveting experience for him that he absolutely adored.
You can hear that thundering passion across the album but on this isolated version of ‘No One Knows’ that fierce sound that Grohl created is unavoidable and all-encompassing.