We're about a month away from the new Queens of the Stone Age album, Villains. Yesterday the band put out this video as a teaser to an upcoming song from that album.
You can definitely feel the influence of Mark Ronson in the sound of the tracks we've heard off of Villains so far. The secret sauce to the Q.O.T.S.A sound has always been the rhythmic grooves that served as the foundation to the driving guitars and Josh Homme's menacing lyrics. It makes a lot of sense that Homme would team up with one of today's top producers, to squeeze out ever last drop of groove on the new album.
Here is Homme talking to NME recently about Villains:
“There are some slower moments but I like to dance, man, and whether it’s Eagles [Of Death Metal] or Queens or [Them Crooked] Vultures there’s no reason not to conjoin rock’n’roll and dance and hallelujah and darkness and all that in one thing. In a world of desperately going for ‘likes’ I think ‘Villains’ is more like, ‘We’ll take the dislikes, we’ll take all the outcasts’. This album is here to do bad guy stuff.”
I wouldn't be surprised if the band gets some blowback for leaning so far into a new direction, but I'm excited to see just what the full album sounds like. Josh Homme is a rock and roll legend who has evil intentions in his heart and a maniacal drive to create infectious rifts. This is the album that I'm sure he's always wanted to make, but now has the confidence to unleash onto the world.