Bruno Mars, and as a producer for pop stars like Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Adele. He’s got alt-rock experience—he worked on Black Lips’ Arabia Mountain and Kaiser Chiefs’ Off With Their Heads—but he’s not the first name one might expect to find alongside a harder-edged band like Queens.
“I felt that the immediate downside would be people saying, ‘He ruined the band’ without even hearing anything, you know?” frontman Josh Homme told the
. The unlikely pairing, Homme said, was an attempt to broaden and advance the sound: “[Ronson]’s such a music-phile, and he sort of understands what the recipe was in making all of these records that are his favorite records and it’s a wide, wide breadth of music that he really loves. And he’s so beat-centric.” The final result, according to the band, is a more upbeat, danceable Queens album, because… Toronto Star
Josh Homme loves to dance
He said so in this comedy sketch about a lie-detector that also served as
Villains‘ announcement video.
And he did so in the video for “The Way You Used to Do”
Director Jonas Åkerlund filmed a dapper Homme as he pranced around a palace filled with goth-y extras and sinister ballerinas. It’s pretty entertaining, but for now, at least, the full video is only available to
Apple Music subscribers.
Villains was inspired in part by Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop and members of Queens teamed up for , and it seems they haven’t quite shaken him. “That album title, Post-Pop Depression Post-Pop Depression, was a real thing. We really didn’t want to do anything for months,” guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen told discussing about the time after their collaborative tour. “Iggy is the single greatest example of a frontman that you could have for rock ‘n’ roll,” Homme raved. The glam-rock influence persisted into the creation of Rolling Stone, Villains, with both Van Leeuwen and Homme citing Pop, Berlin-era Bowie, and T. Rex as influences.
And by a determination to seize the present
While Homme wasn’t present during the 2015 Paris terror attack that targeted his other band,
Eagles of Death Metal, the event still looms large. “It reinforced that you shouldn’t wait to do something or you’ll fucking regret it,” he told . “Move now. If you have a beef with someone, squash it. If you want to do something, do it. … The one line that is sewn through the record is the idea of ‘now.’ Now is all you’ll ever get, and there’s no reason for you to wait. If you wait to do something, you’re probably making a mistake.” Rolling Stone
A third of the album leaked on vinyl
So far, Queens have shared just two out of nine new
Villains songs: “The Way You Used to Do” and “The Evil Has Landed.” Last week, however, a manufacturing error caused three additional new songs to be accidentally released on the B-side of certain advance vinyl copies of Reservoir, the debut album from Australian songwriter Gordi. Word on the ‘net is that there’s a full-length album leak floating around, too.
Here’s the full Villains track list
“Feet Don’t Fail Me”
“The Way You Used to Do”
“Head Like a Haunted House”
“The Evil Has Landed”
“Villains of Circumstance”
While we wait for the release of
Villains on August 25, revisit SPIN’s ranked list of every Queens of the Stone Age album.