Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age are back with a bang! The Josh Homme-fronted quintet have just dropped massive new single The Way You Used To Do from forthcoming seventh studio album Villains, due out on 25th August through Matador Records, their first L.P. since 2013’s massive …Like Clockwork.
Of course the boys weren’t idling during the intervening years, Homme famously working with icon Iggy Pop on his massive 18th studio record Post Pop Depression, alongside QOTSA guitarist and keyboard man Dean Ferita as well as it’s supporting tour. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen also put out another Sweethead record with Serrina Sims.
The nine-track record comes with the even more surprising news that Homme’s men were produced this time out by English singer-songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson, alongside British …Like Clockwork producer Mark Rankin. The beautiful and mysterious sounds on the new record will, no doubt, be massive if The Way You Used To Do is anything to gauge Villains by.
Of the new record, Josh Homme says: “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question ‘what do we sound like now?’If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound.”
Of its title, the frontman says: “The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go.”
Of course, no new QOTSA record would be complete without some live shows to put the new (and old) songs on the road. And so the five-piece have announced four massive UK and Ireland dates with this November:
Sunday 19th Nov: Manchester Arena
Tuesday 21st Nov: The O2, London
Thursday 23rd Nov: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Friday 24th Nov: 3Arena, Dublin
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 21st June