The 5:15ers with Josh Homme and Chris Goss
Photos by Timothy Norris
More Photos by Matthias Ingimarsson
Words by Ben Muller

"This is gonna be cool" Josh Homme, front man from the well established alternative rock band Queens of the Stone Age, said as he set down his bottle of tequila and picked up his guitar. With a nod of his head, crunchy electronic drums began to trigger from an old Fender amp just behind him and his long-time Desert Sessions collaborator Chris Goss began to play a melody on the small Casio keyboard before him. My body began moving to the rhythm as I and about three hundred other fans crowded around the small stage in the half-constructed Plex "Theater" residing below the Echo.

Josh leapt into action on his electric, filling the space between the precision drums and soft melody with seemingly improvised guitar break-downs as fans pushed forward to take in the new material. Each successive track blended into the next as Homme and Goss gradually unveiled their latest creations, which had been crafted in less than a month as the duo was a rather late addition to the Arthurball line-up as Sunday's headliner. A familiar scent filled the air as stoner rock fans started to edge into the vibe unfolding before them while the musically inclined began to shout out for Chris to unleash one of his infamous solos.

The diversity of the fan base gathered by these two alternative legends was obvious with a glance at the crowd, but everyone was dancing in unison as the duo continued on their musical voyage. Electric guitars and drum machines soon gave way to acoustics and what boarder lined on spoken word, and a distinctly art rock feel began to take form. Homme sat on his stool and gave out a song closing line with "If only to indulge in something good" and promptly lit up a cigarette with a flair of drama I'd never seen from him in all my days following Kyuss and QOTSA. Hipsters and rockers alike were brought together to witness something decidedly new from an old collaboration and the outcome was satisfying.

Words by Timothy Norris

Next on the Ex_Plex stage was the 5:15ers featuring Josh Homme and Chris Goss. The duo started out backed by a rhythm track sounding something of a simple distorted hashing on a drum machine or bass guitar with Josh and Chris playing over this. The set in all had the intimacy of being at a rehearsal or a pre-production run through of an up coming album with a mix of familiar tunes and a few new ones as well. One of which Josh noted a sincere thank you, "because I know you've never heard that one before". As was the tone of the day and I'm sure the weekend, this was what the few in attendance had the pleasure of taking part in; an intimate gathering of highly accomplished artists doing what they love.

Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man
Arthurball - Josh Homme - Chris Goss - Five Fifteeners - 5:15ers - Matthias Ingirmarrson - Timothy Norris - Gregg Sheran - Ice Cream Man