On December 17th, West Virginia rock band Clean Dirty Clean released their latest single, “Featherdusta.” This track is reminiscent of early Queens of the Stone Age in the best way, and it’s no surprise that the band names QOTSA as one of their primary influences. With strong guitar lines, driving drums, and vocals that sound like a mix of Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, “Featherdusta” is a twisting anthem about “the dichotomies that often strain personal relationships.” According to the band, “It reflects how we strive to remain loving and compassionate with others while also grappling with frustration and resentments.”
There’s plenty to like about this track, to be sure. The vocals from Neil Humphries are, as mentioned before, reminiscent of two of the icons of 2000s rock music. The drums from James Rector are a phenomenal heartbeat to give the song the life that it needs. If this song didn’t have those drums, the energy would definitely be off. As a drummer, I’m obviously biased, but it’s important to note these things. And, obviously, the guitars here are incredible as well. Humphries and Wes Thomas nailed it, and the spine of the groove is held in place by Andrew Matheny on bass. Just incredible instrumental work to allow Humphries vocals to hold as much weight as they do.
If you are in any way nostalgic for early Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, or The Libertines, give “Featherdusta” a listen below! Let us know what you think, and show Clean Dirty Clean some love.