The Queens of The Stone Age Villains 140g 2LP
2018 Grammy Award Nominee!
• Best Rock Album: Villains
140g Vinyl Double LP!
Etched 4th Side!
One of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017!
Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour
with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age
reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky
seventh album, 'Villains', out on Matador Records.
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' 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, who’s counting?). Like
the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of
the lineup that took '…Like Clockwork' around the world and
back—Founder/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 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
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 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 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 we’ve made is forward looking yet
"The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with
Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) 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."—Joshua Homme
"Nearly 20 years in, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme still
gets down like a black leather jacket zapped to life by Dr. Funkenstein himself.
He called in a surprising assist for the SoCal rockers' seventh album, Top 40
genius Mark Ronson, who perks up zany Zeppelin grooves like 'Feet Don't Fail Me'
and 'Head Like a Haunted House,' playing up the swing in their strut.
Ultimately, though, Villains is less about reinvention than refinement. It's a
beast of a record, and its red-hot heart is pure Queens." - Rolling Stone,
50 Best Albums of 2017
• Double LP
• 140g Vinyl
• Gatefold jacket
• Limited time download of entire album on MP3 and FLAC
• Etched art on Side 4
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