The Marvel’s Defenders of the heavy rock universe?
Members of four mighty riff-machines of the ‘90s and ‘00s have unveiled their new band. Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At The Drive-In and Sparta drummer Tony Hajjar, and Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders have teamed up with guitarist and film and video game composer Mike Zarin to form Gone Is Gone. They’re due to make their live debut on April 27 at Los Angeles’ Dragonfly.
An EP is due this summer through the band’s own label, led by first single ‘Violescent’, a heavy metal meets sludge-rock crusher which you can preview below.
“The thought behind this band is to combine what most of us know from many years of being in touring/recording entities and our love of scoring,” Hajjar told Rolling Stone. “Mike and I have had the privilege of being part of some amazing movie trailer campaigns and scored the game Splinter Cell: Blacklist together as well. Our goal is to be able to do more of this within this project.”
With a hint of side-eye towards his old band, Sanders added: “The vibe from day one was, and has been, very therapeutic and refreshing for me. The chemistry was immediate. I can only dedicate myself to something that rewards me purely, and we are all in this for the right reasons.”
Their visuals depict lots of lifeless naked women with their faces obscured, which is pretty gauche for 2016.