Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Talks New Album Plans
After more than a decade recording for Interscope Records, the band made a change to stalwart indie label Matador. The move resulted in …Like Clockwork, which was not only the band's first release to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but also Matador's first chart-topping full-length.
Radio.com sat down with Homme and guitarist Troy Van Leeuween earlier this year, when the pair discussed everything from working with the likes of Elton John and Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys on the new album to Homme dishing on a traffic accident in which an unnamed actress from TV's One Tree Hill nearly killed him.
With the band blazing around the world, performing at a slew of music festivals over the summer, we recently caught up with Homme as QOTSA embarked on their own headlining tour, something he admitted he was especially excited about. While Homme sounded tired speaking on the phone from a hotel room on the road, he assures us it's the "good kind of tired" that comes from preaching the rock and roll gospel night after night from the hallowed pulpit that is the stage.
Radio.com: You recently mentioned the idea of the new QOTSA album coming out sooner than later, and having it be more of an upbeat counterpart to …Like Clockwork. Is that something you've thought about more since then?
Homme: Those are all just wishes. In a way, I probably guaranteed that it will be anything except that. This is the problem of talking about something before you do it. You sort of jinx the living hell out of it. I know this: I wanna create more stuff. Maybe we should just say touring is a part of what we do, but we'll just slowly and continuously do it without stopping. We'll go slower and take longer breaks, and there will just be records over the top of that and we'll just keep going. Maybe it should just be this slow-moving tank that keeps on rolling.
Radio.com: It seems like you're changing up the setlist every night.
Homme: We always put in a different three or four songs, at the minimum, for every show. We have a new drummer [Jon Theodore], and we're actually learning our old stuff so we can change around the setlists drastically. We have a lot of people that will come to multiple shows, and even if it's only five people, they might want to see something else. Also for us, too, it keeps it fresh. I've seen a lot of bands, we've played festivals with them, and they play the same set every night, say the same things in between songs. That would be hard for me to do. Like last night we played in Edmonton, and the crowd was so good, you know? And I told them that, and I don't say that every night. It's not necessary to shine ass like that. But I want people to know that I mean it when I say it. I just do whatever it takes to make every show as original as possible. more on this story
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