(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
Alternative-fueled desert rockers Queens Of The Stone Age have officially revealed the details of their upcoming new studio effort. The band’s seventh record, the nine-song ‘Villains‘, is due to be set loose from Matador Records on August 25th.
It will be available on deluxe vinyl pressing, standard vinyl, CD and digital. All formats include an instant download of first single “The Way You Used To Do” (streaming below).
Produced by Mark Ronson, 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 No. 1 album in the U.S.
‘Villains’ features stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface. The sonic signatures of the lineup that took “…Like Clockwork” around the world and back are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes.
As Joshua 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 original sound.”
01. Feet Don’t Fail Me
02. The Way You Used To Do
03. Domesticated Animals
05. Head Like A Haunted House
06. Un-Reborn Again
08. The Evil Has Landed
09. Villains Of Circumstance
QoTSA have also confirmed a slew of North American dates, filling in the space between and beyond their previously announced appearances at Outside Lands and Riot Fest. The new shows, which include Queens Of The Stone Age‘s first-ever Madison Square Garden headline show, are detailed below.
Jun. 22 – Rapids Theater -Niagara Falls, NY
Jun. 24 – Amnesia Rockfest 2017 -Montebello, QC
Aug. 10 – Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
Aug. 12 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 06 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
Sep. 07 – Festival Pier – Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 09 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Sep. 10 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
Sep. 12 – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion – Columbus, OH
Sep. 13 – Stage AE (Outdoors) – Pittsburgh, PA
Sep. 15 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 16 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
Oct. 09 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 10 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO
Oct. 12 – Peabody – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 13 – Crossroads KC – Kansas City, MO
Oct. 14 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium – Saint Paul, MN
Oct. 15 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 17 – Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
Oct. 18 – Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 20 – [to be confirmed] – Washington, DC
Oct. 21 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
Oct. 22 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
Oct. 24 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY