Queens of the Stone Age announce new album

March 26, 2013|By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

Good news, hard rock fans: Queens of the Stone Age will release a new album in June, the band announced in a press release today.

The record will be called "... Like Clockwork," perhaps a winking nod to the lengthy six-year gap between this album, the group's sixth, and 2007's "Era Vulgaris." Or perhaps it's nothing at all and just me reading too much into a title.

Whatever it means, the hiatus between albums has inspired them to return to square one, with frontman Josh Homme telling the Guardian last year "The robots are back!" He said what started as a more bluesy, latter-decade QOTSA record turned "into this trancey, broken thing," more like their first album and the original QOTSA concept: "broken, drunk robots." This is obviously a perfect soundtrack for a our current economic climate where robots are taking everyone's jobs, leaving them broken and drunk.

The press release confirms previous Internet reports that the record will include an all-star cast of co-musicians, with "drums by Dave Grohl, Joey Castillo and Jon Theodore, and guest appearances by Sir Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, James Lavelle and Alex Turner." Grohl, of course, appeared on QOTSA's "Songs for the Deaf" and with Homme in Them Crooked Vultures. It's certainly notable to see Scissor Sisters' frontman Jake Shears and Sir Elton on the list, surely increasing the glamour level for broken, drunk robots who need a lift.

"Clockwork" also marks the band's first record on its new label, Matador. An exact release date and tour plans will be announced at a later date. Anyone betting on a Lolla slot?

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