SongoftheDay: COME AND YOU’RE GONE by NICK OLIVERI’S UNCONTROLLABLE
As a member of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Oliveri has left an indelible mark on the face of heavy music, helping to transform stoner rock from its hazy roots into something altogether more muscular and savage. With such a big presence in that world, it’s easy to overlook his work outside of desert rock with bands like Mondo Generator, the Dwarves, and Moistboyz. Performing as Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable, the bassist takes listeners on a journey through the latter stage of his career with Leave Me Alone, an album of blistering and battered rock & roll that feels more indebted to punk rock than it does peyote. While his sonic savagery would occasionally bubble to the surface of QOTSA’s motorik “robot rock,” Leave Me Alone finds Oliveri fully unleashed. Performing all of the instruments himself (save for solos contributed by Motörhead’s Phil Campbell and Dean Ween, among others), the bass wildman is free to totally cut loose with a collection of searing, throat-shredding jams that embody everything that Oliveri brings to the projects he works on. The problem, however, is that the album doesn’t really reveal anything new about him. Sure, the album is plenty wild, but almost predictably so. In a way, Oliveri is a victim of his own “what you see is what you get” style of explosive, nothing-held-back songwriting. While this means that Leave Me Alone isn’t boring, it also doesn’t take many unexpected turns, making a strong case for Oliveri being better as a side dish than a main course.