Goss, Homme Ready To Roll As 5:15ers
As tipped here last month, longtime pals Chris Goss and Josh Homme will make their live debut together later this month as the 5:15ers. The group will appear Feb. 26 as part of Arthur Magazine's Arthurball at Echo in Los Angeles.
"We've actually had [the idea] for 10 years," Goss tells Billboard.com about the collaboration with Homme. "My friend Jay Babcock at Arthur Magazine called a month or two ago and said, 'Do you want to play Arthur Ball, which is happening in the spring time?' So I called Josh and I said, 'It's time for 5:15ers, right?' And he said, 'Yeah.' So this is the debut of the whole idea."
It also appears that the 5:15ers will not be a one-shot deal, as Goss reports, "There will be one show and more to follow. We're focusing on the show, but we have talked about doing a record." However, Goss is in the dark as much as anybody as to what the 5:15ers will actually sound like, as the duo has no songs written at this time. "I don't know yet -- we've never done it before. I think there will be some improv involved," he says. "Perhaps some covers, we're thinking."
Goss and Homme have worked alongside one another since the early '90s, when Goss produced several albums for Homme's pre-QOTSA band Kyuss. Goss has also participated in a number of Homme's ongoing Desert Sessions projects.
Still, he's adamant that the 5:15ers sound nothing like either member's main bands. "[It will be] something that's neither Masters Of Reality or Queens Of The Stone Age. This one will be more 'art fag,'" Goss says with a laugh.
In the meantime, Goss is also finishing up work on the next UNKLE album as well as the debut album from Goon Moon, a collaboration with former Marilyn Manson/Perfect Circle bassist Twiggy Ramirez. "The EP [last year's 'I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine'] was kind of like a really last minute thing that we threw out together just to plant a seed," he says of the project. "But in the meantime, we just worked on it last week, and [there's] more work to come on that too."