“I Sat by the Ocean”

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor

Alternative rock band Queens of the Stone Age peaked at number 15 on Billboard’s US Alternative Songs chart with their second single “I Sat by the Ocean,” off their sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork. Widely regarded as one of the most renowned bands that emerged from the “Palm Desert scene” in the past 15 years (producing bands with a bluesy, sludgy sound), Queens of the Stone Age gets in touch with the blues element of their expertise genre with this single by incorporating the slide guitar, as well as the overall mid-tempo of the song. The song opens with a 30 second long intro before singer/guitarist frontman Josh Homme sings his first lyric, which falls in accordance to the song title: “I sat by the ocean, and drank a potion, baby, to erase you.” The remaining three and a half minutes of the song follows the same opening riff, except during the hook and chorus, which are sang alongside a higher tempo, and higher pitched riffs. Lyrically speaking, the song is nothing original; the reoccurring topic of moving on, so to speak, is everywhere in pop music. Although a bit repetitive, musically, the tune is very catchy; the riffs hook listeners in from the start, and Homme changes the song up every so often. The song is nothing memorable, but rather, one that will be stuck in people’s heads for weeks at a time. Queens of the Stone Age is not fading into obscurity anytime soon, though having been in formation since the late 90s. After having played the 56th annual Grammys earlier this year, they have embarked on an extensive 7-month global tour supporting …Like Clockwork, spanning from February to late August. And surely, this is not the last the world has seen of the band.