Published Jun 15, 2017Yesterday, Queens of the Stone Age revealed that their new, Mark Ronson-produced LP was titled Villains. Now, the band have shared further information on their seventh studio effort.
Villains will arrive August 25 through Matador and runs nine tracks in length. The band have also shared a first single from the record in the upbeat "The Way You Used to Do," which you can hear below. Frontman Josh Homme offered up his interpretation of the record's title:
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.
Producer Ronson also elaborated on his experience working with the band:
Queens are and have always been my favourite 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 favourite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream--a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.
Queens of the Stone Age have also lined up a run of North American tour dates in support of the disc, which you can find below. The lone Canadian stop at this point will see the band play Toronto's Budweiser Stage on September 9.
Support on all dates from September onwards will come from Royal Blood.
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
06/22 Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theater
06/24 Montebello, QC - Montebello Rockfest
08/12 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09/06 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre *
09/07 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier *
09/09 Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage *
09/10 Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live *
09/12 Columbus, OH - Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion *
09/13 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *
09/15 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater *
09/16 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest *
10/09 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex *
10/10 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks *
10/12 St. Louis, MO - Peabody *
10/13 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC *
10/14 Saint Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
10/15 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom *
10/17 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre *
10/18 Indianapolis, IN - Old National Centre *
10/20 Washington, DC - TBD *
10/21 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena *
10/22 Portland, ME - State Theatre *
10/24 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden *
* with Royal Blood