Queens of the Stone Age Plan to Explore the Blues for Next AlbumBy Joseph Oliveto
After the hit single “No One Knows” introduced Queens of the Stone Age–and, along with them, so-called “stoner rock”–to a wider audience, band leader Josh Homme has taken the opportunity this success has given him to explore several outlets for his musical expression, continuing to play in the band while also working on such side projects as Eagles of Death Metal and the dream-come-true supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
Fortunately, he hasn’t left his most succesful band behind, and according to Spinner, we can expect a new Queens of the Stone Age album featuring a distinct blues influence sometime in the future.
Speaking about the album, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen had the following to say:
“We all love the blues, and we all love to boogie … On the other side, there might be some new scenes. It’s really early in the process and it’s not too defined what it is, but we’re all feeling really great about it and there’s no shortage of ideas. We’re trying to filter the best of the best.”
Listening to some of the earlier work from Queens of the Stone Age, the blues influence might not be immediately noticeable, but it’s definitely there. The band tends to look for a groove in their rhythms, the kind that other blues-inspired bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin often used. It’s part of what makes their music so catchy.
Sadly, we can’t expect them new album to be right around the corner. Van Leeuwen explains that the group is still in the early stages of the process, and while they do know what direction they want to take the project in, they haven’t been working on it long enough to talk about a release date. But it’s new Queens of the Stone Age, so it will probably be worth the wait.
Are you looking forward to a new album from these guys as much as we are?