Queens of the Stone Age decided to have a little fun with a recently released album trailer video, which finds the entire band flunking a polygraph test. Not only does Josh Homme admit the group’s seventh studio release will be titled Villians, but he discloses it was produced by Mark Ronson, who makes a brief appearance in the video.
The clip, which is directed by Liam Lynch, also includes a few seconds of the album’s lead single, “Feet Don’t Fail Me.” The upbeat tune is groove-heavy and seems to possess a David Bowie influence. Villians is expected to be released later this summer.
As for Ronson’s involvement, the pop producer (Adele, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse) crossed paths with Homme while working on Lady Gaga’s latest effort Joanne.
In an interview earlier this year with New Zealand radio station Rock FM, Homme described the upcoming record as “uptempo,” and “a panther in the trees leaping out of the darkness.” It was compared to the group’s 2013 album …Like Clockwork, which was more “about making it through. This time we’ve made it through the other side and we’re ready to roll.”
During that same interview, Homme denied rumors Dave Grohl would appear on the new album and also talked about recovering from wrist surgery.
“We have been hitting it hard when it comes to my body and it’s always ‘We will deal with you later,’” Homme said. “I had surgery on my wrist once before and four days later, I was on tour in Australia. My doctor called me a dipshit. I had a problem with my tendon, it was very difficult for me to flip the bird for a while.”
Queens of the Stone Age will be hitting the road later this month with dates at Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest, as well as overseas in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The California band returns stateside in July for festival appearances at San Francisco’s
Outside Lands Festival and Chicago’s Riot Fest.