Little Ferry, NJ (May 21, 2009)–Joshua Homme is the creative force behind Queens of the Stone Age and the Eagles of Death Metal. When asked to produce the new Arctic Monkeys album in two recording locations (Homme’s Pink Duck studios in Burbank and Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree), Homme chose the Eventide H8000FW and the Reverb 2016 as part of his arsenal.
“What’s important for me is the relationship between raw, esoteric, ill-advised sounds, and pristine, beautiful, professional ones,” Homme says. “You have to bridge and connect those worlds successfully. Rancho is actually a small residential home.
“I could only bring a few pieces of gear,” he adds, “so those gear choices needed to be dependable, versatile, and truly sound good enough to create the kind of individualized tones we were striving for. The Reverb 2016 and H8000FW are essential.”
Homme began playing guitar at the age of nine. At 14, Homme started his first band, Kyuss, which went on to release five albums. A multi-instrumentalist, Homme started a collaborative project in 1997 called the Desert Sessions including various musicians from the Palm Springs scene and beyond. Ten albums of Desert Sessions have been released so far. Homme formed the band Queens of the Stone Age in 1998, which has gone on to release five bestselling albums to date.
The H8000FW and Reverb 2016 were widely used during the Arctic Monkey sessions with Homme producing. “I’m smitten with the Reverb 2016,” states Homme. “A dedicated reverb with beautifully wide sonic variety? Yes please, definitely. I’m an addicted owner of the Eventide Clockworks-era H910, H949, and the Omnipressor. These are presets in the H8000FW. That alone would’ve been enough reason to have it in Joshua Tree. Then you throw in how multifaceted it is…the interfaces and functionality…it really becomes crucial on any session.”