California rockers Queens of the Stone Age have given some insight into their upcoming album. It is to be the band’s seventh full length record and the follow up to 2013’s ‘…Like Clockwork’.
The news comes directly from Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen who has so far described the new record as being ‘simpler’ than its predecessor.
Since 2013 the Qotsa band members have been working on numerous other projects. Most notably frontman Josh Homme, who released an album in 2015 with side project Eagles of Death Metal. The band made headlines all over the world during the album’s tour, due to their involvement in the tragic ‘La Bataclan’ terrorist attacks.
Most recently Homme has been making music with rock legend Iggy Pop. Homme produced Iggy’s latest album ‘Post Pop Depression’ as well as featuring as his guitarist for the subsequent tour.
Van Leeuwen has confirmed that the Queens of the Stone Age line up for the new record will consist of himself, Homme, bassist Michael Shuman, drummer Jon Theodore and keyboard player Dean Fertita. It will be Theodore’s first full recording credit with the band since replacing Dave Grohl in 2013.
Here’s what Troy Van Leeuwen had to say about the new record:
“We’ve already started talking about what we’re gonna do next for the next Queens record,” “There’s tons of ideas that are bouncing around… We’re going to do something before the end of the year, as far as recording goes.”
“We’re excited to get back together to follow-up ‘…Like Clockwork’, which was a really, really big record for us, personally… It was a big record for us because it was the hardest record to make. And we’re trying to not do that again. We just want to keep things simpler and try that, I guess.”