Queens of the Stone Age unveiled a grisly and jumping new song "The Way You Used to Do" from their upcoming album, Villains, out August 25th.
"The Way You Used to Do" boasts a blown out bluesy guitar riff but moves forward with a light, danceable touch as singer Josh Homme's vocals sift between a wail and delicate croon.
Villains, which marks Queens of the Stone Age's first album since 2013's ...Like Clockwork,is available to pre-order and comes with an instant download of "The Way You Used to Do." Mark Ronson produced the record with co-producer Mark Rankin and mixer Alan Moulder.
In a statement, Homme said the most important aspect of Villains 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 also noted the album's title isn't a political statement, but rather "a word that looks fantastic" and "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."
Queens of the Stone Age have a handful of live dates scheduled for 2017, including an appearance at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay and a short run of headline shows in Auckland, Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne through July.
The group first teased Villains with a website reboot and a short, eerie clip that included footage of studio sessions and shots of potential lyric sheets. Earlier this week, the band released a longer video in which Homme is hooked up to a polygraph machine and asked various questions about Villains and album track "Feet Don't Fail Me."
After the band finished touring in support of ...Like Clockwork, Homme immediately turned to an array of new projects. In 2015, he reunited with his Eagles of Death Metal cohort Jesse Hughes for Zipper Down, the band's first album since 2008, and then partnered with Iggy Pop to produce the punk stalwart's 2016 album, Post Pop Depression. Homme also co-wrote and contributed to two songs on Lady Gaga's recent record, Joanne, "Diamond Heart" and "John Wayne"
Over the past few years, other members of Queens of the Stone Age have also been involved in various projects. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen joined the experimental rock supergroup Gone Is Gone with members of At the Drive-In and Mastodon, while Dean Fertita recorded new records with The Dead Weather and the Kills and contributed to Post Pop Depression.
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"