Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has opened up about working with Mark Ronson on the band’s upcoming seventh studio album. The record (which is set for release later this summer) has so far been supported by lead singe ‘The Way You Used To Do’.
Qotsa fans have been patiently awaiting new material from the band for almost four years. The California five-piece released their most recent album ‘…Like Clockwork’ back in 2013. The record peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, and was supported by the popular singles ‘My God Is The Sun’, ‘I Say By The Ocean’, ‘The Vampyre of Time and Memory’, and Smooth Sailing’.
Last year Qotsa confirmed that they were working on a follow up to ‘…Like Clockwork’, and earlier this week fans got a chance to experience the new record (which is set to be titled ‘Villains’) when the band released their new single ‘The Way You Used To Do’.
‘Villains’ is set to be released on August 25 via Matador Records. The album was recorded in Pink Duck Studios in California, and has been produced by pop heavyweight Mark Ronson.
Speaking to Apple’s ‘Beats 1’ radio show, Homme said of working with Ronson: “Within an hour of working with him on this Lady Gaga stuff, the references – that glossary you use to talk about stuff and what was important to him, I realised there’s this grand overlap. Of interest and fascination and elation in making music.”
Homme went on to explain how hearing Ronson’s single ‘Uptown Funk’ had left a lasting impression, stating: “I think one of the reasons was to act like a talisman as a reminder of listening to ‘Uptown Funk’. It’s very tight and vacuous. It sounds fucking great,”
Adding: “I knew I wanted to make something that sounded very tight, and with the air sucked out of it and very clear. So he was just a great reminder just as an opening and then his desires are so beat-centric. And so are mine that we had this tremendous amount of overlap. And then that sort of giggling over the gold – the excitement of creating something, he has that.”