Published Jan 18, 2011A couple of weeks back Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita mentioned that the group had started working on the follow-up to 2007's Era Vulgaris. While the musician was definitely telling the truth, it doesn't seem like we should get out hopes up for hearing any new Queens material in the immediate future. A new interview with band leader Josh Homme reveals that the process will be slow going.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 [via Antiquiet], the singer admitted that the upcoming record is in its very early stages. Homme wants to keep things chill, though. While the outfit are working on some ideas, he doesn't want to feel the pressure of having to whip up a whole disc right off the bat.
The guitarist says he recently took some time off from the music business, and ended up "reconnecting with playing just for playing's sake, and falling back in love with the music."
"It's been so long since I've been able to just enjoy playing without any sort of modicum of pressure, and I like to take it back to that," Homme said. "For me, it's all about the love. I need to be in love with the music, and sometimes you need to take some time away to appreciate what it is."
While plans seem loose at best, he did go on to say that we can expect a new album sometime this year.
If you were looking to grab something Queens-related off the shelves sometime soon, the long-planned reissue of their self-titled debut is finally ready to be released. Earlier reports had the set coming out on January 11, but the reissue will now come out March 1. And while initially Homme's own Rekords Rekords was to put out the record jointly with Ipecac Recordings, the latter imprint has now bowed out of the venture. Instead, Domino will help Homme and co. reissue the disc.