It’s been nearly six years since Queens of the Stone Age released their last full-length, Era Vulgaris. As Antiquiet points out, they’ve announced that their new album will be out in June. Refresh the band’s website to hear a new snippet each time. According to Antiquiet, the album is called Like Clockwork. UPDATE: A representative from Matador has confirmed that the band has signed to the label. They’ve also confirmed the album’s title.
As mentioned, the band has undergone several lineup changes for this album. Along with confirmed guest spots from Trent Reznor, Elton John, and Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, word surfaced in November that Dave Grohl drums on the album (replacing Joey Castillo, who left the band).
And the record also features the return of two former QOTSA members: Mark Lanegan, who has kept busy with solo releases, and bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri, who was kicked out of the band in 2004 for allegedly abusing his girlfriend. In 2011, Oliveri again became entangled in serious legal issues when he was arrested for felony domestic violence, charged with four felonies, and ultimately sentenced to three years of probation.
As SPIN recently noted, the band has been sharing cryptic album details over the past several months, including a series of letters published in UK music magazines Kerrang, Uncut, and Mojo. (Check out the Kerrang note below.) They’ve described the music as “codeine cabaret” and accompanied their statements with images of clocks and a recurring theme of “nine.” Header text for each article, when pieced together, reads “A Stitch In Time Will Save You 9, But.. Some Things You Can’t Fix, So.. If You Find..”
After the note, watch QOTSA play “Avon” with Dave Grohl in 2002.
…SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T FIX SO…
ON THIS RECORD WE CAME TO A REALIZATION: THE BEST TRICK OF ALL, IS NO TRICK AT ALL
THE SONGS ARE A REAL TIME DOCUMENT OF THE MANIC UPS AND DOWNS OF THE LAST YEAR. IT CAN’T ALWAYS RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK. SO RATHER THAN CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE RECORDINGS, WE DECIDED TO RIDE SHOTGUN ON OUR EMOTIONAL BANDWAGON. WE EMBRACED OUR EVIL, HELD THE HORRIBLE, LICKED THE LUNACY AND BLEW THE BEAUTIFUL. AS A RESULT, WE’RE ON CLOUD 9.
I CAN’T WRITE ANYMORE CAUSE MY PHONE’S DYING,
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE