Published Dec 29, 2010Considering their last record Era Vulgaris came out over three years ago, Queens of the Stone Age are long due for another disc. Despite the group's dormancy, though, these musicians have hardly been playing possum over the past couple of years.
Main man Josh Homme has been playing with hard-rockin' supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, while guitarist Dean Fertita has been busy with both impromptu blues rockers the Dead Weather and his own project Hello=Fire. An interview about the latter's self-titled new album, however, also revealed that Fertita's gig with Queens of the Stone Age is about to become full-time again. The group are reportedly preparing to hit the studio in the next couple of weeks.
Talking to Billboard, Fertita confided that the stoner ensemble, whom he's currently calling his "number one priority," are finally going to record a follow-up to 2007's Era Vulgaris.
"Everybody seems excited and ready to go," Fertita said. "We've got so many ideas started already; I guess we'll see what turns out to be everybody's favourite. It's very much still [Josh Homme's] band, but I think all of us really feel like we've found our space in it and can contribute to it as well."
There isn't much to go on beyond that, but hopefully the new album can hit shelves sometime in 2011.