QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE New album Villains out today!
Praise for Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains
“Show off those teeth, it’s time to dance.” – Herald Sun HIT, Album Of The Week ★★★★
“Villains has a distinctly devilish character. It’s upbeat, bursting with fat grooves, enormous power and a glam rock attitude.” – The Age
“…plenty of muscular riffery, punishing rhythms and rib-rattling wails in these grooves…”
– Rolling Stone Australia
“Villains eschews the slow and shadowy songs, instead going straight for the hips.” – The Music
“There has to be melody, and Homme has the voice to support melodies substantially sweeter and more supple than hard rock normally deals with.” – The Guardian, ★★★★
“This, is the sound of living in the moment and it’s glorious.” – NME, ★★★★
“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.” – Joshua Homme
Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one year long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains, out today on Matador Records / Remote Control Records. Available on deluxe vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and digital.
Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, Villains is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork gave the band its first #1 album in Australia (and #1s in the U.S., Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, #2s in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland… but really, who’s counting?). Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took …Like Clockwork around the world and back— Founder/guitarist/vocalist/lyr
Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age,Ronson says, “Queens are and have always been my favourite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it. I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which i was aware i was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favourite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream–a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”
Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, “After the baptism of fire that was …Like Clockwork, I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the the addition of Ronson into the creative mix. We wanted to evolve the production to be processed in a modern way yet be totally organic and still performed fully live, like lifting a veil and what you thought was electronic is actually live and things are not as they first appear… What we’ve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens.”
Queens Of The Stone Age toured Australia in July with sold out shows in Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne plus a headline spot at Splendour In The Grass. Relive ‘The Way You Used To Do’ at Splendour via triple j here.
Queens Of The Stone Age is Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shumanand Jon Theodore.
Purchase / Stream Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains via https://qotsa.lnk
Watch ‘The Way You Used To Do’ via http://mat-r.co/QOTSA_Video
Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains
1. Feet Don’t Fail Me
2. The Way You Used To Do
3. Domesticated Animals
5. Head Like A Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains Of Circumstance