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Tuesday 01 August 2017

Queens Of The Stone Age Break Their Silence With New Album Villains

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 re-emerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains.

As frontman Josh Homme himself puts it: "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."

Homme has on numerous occasions described their music as "rock versions of electronic music", stating that he (indirectly) takes inspiration from the repetitive natureof electronic trance music along with various forms of dance music, hip-hop, trip hop and krautrock. 

This heavy rock style mixed with the structure of electronic music has been dubbed by Homme as robot rock. 

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.

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 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's new album Villains is released on 25th August 2017.CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


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