“It has taken me 15 years to find guys that want to skip the BS and make something that is really gestalt — it’s the sum of the parts,” frontman Josh Homme says of Queens Of The Stone Age bandmates Troy Van Leeuwen’s and Joey Castillo’s contributions on “Era Vulgaris,” due this week via Interscope.
As usual, the group delivers songs jam-packed with fast, powerful riffs (“Sick, Sick, Sick” featuring the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas) and psychedelic, boogie-ish rhythms (“I’m Designer”). On-again/off-again contributor Mark Lanegan returns for “River on the Road,” while QOTSA also reworks “Make It Wit Chu,” which Lanegan previously sang on volumes nine and 10 of Homme’s long-running Desert Sessions releases.
“That’s just a song that really puts the finishing touches on the shape of the record,” Homme says. “And also, it’s the best song about screwing that I’ve ever been able to play on.”
QOTSA will visit primarily small markets this summer on their Duluth tour, which begins July 22 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Says Homme, “We want to play to people who hardly ever get shows and just burn the house down.”