Those who long for those times when the Queens Of The Stone Age were still cracking can now enjoy an album that pays homage to genius like "Songs For The Deaf". On their debut, Oddjobmen deliver exactly that driving mix of stoner and blues with which Josh Homme and Co. have played a major part in the retrorock wave. Because Oddjobmen only move millimetres away from the original and even the vocals remind of the Queens, there is still plenty of room for creativity in songwriting. After all, the Berliners conduct their business with an energy, precision and emotion that are not necessarily commonplace in this genre here in Germany. The emotional side of the trio comes into its own in the track "Havoc Love". After a powerful first part with a catchy refrain the whole thing ends in a highly melodic skirmish. Nevertheless, the band had to make an effort when it came to choosing their stylistic devices and possibly also their influences. It's hopeful that they will be able to think outside the box with the cover version of Ideal's "Shooting".
Top track: Havoc Love