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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 2013s
Like Clockwork gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. (and
#1s in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, #2s in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland
but really, whos counting?). Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the
lineup that took
Like Clockwork around the world and backFounder/guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Joshua Homme,
Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums)are as unmistakable
as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As 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 cant make a great first record, you should just stopbut if you can make a great record but you
keep making records and your sound doesnt evolve, you become a parody of that original sound."
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 favorite 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 clanor 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 favorite
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 weve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens."
Queens Of The Stone Age have also confirmed a slew of North American dates filling in the space between and beyond their previously
announced appearances at Outside Lands and Riot Fest. The new shows, which include Queens first ever Madison Square
Garden headline, are detailed below. For further information, keep an eye on Queens Of The Stone Age sites and socials and
just let go.