Queens Of The Stone Age runs the gamut of rock’n’roll on its upcoming album, “Era Vulgaris,” due in mid-June via Interscope. Nine tracks previewed by Billboard.com today at the Levi’s/Fader fort find the Josh Homme-led group peddling fast, powerful riffs (“Sick, Sick, Sick,” “Battery Acid,” “3’s + 7’s”) as well as more psychedelic, boogie-ish rhythms (“Suture Up Your Future,” “I’m Designer”).
Although Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas have been tipped as guests on “Era Vulgaris,” the only audible guest on the aforementioned tracks was on-again/off-again contributor Mark Lanegan on “River in the Road.” The group has also re-recorded the song “Make It Witchu,” which Lanegan previously sang on volume nine and 10 of Homme’s long-running Desert Sessions releases.
Homme offers a number of pointed lyrical barbs on the set, telling the subject of “3’s + 7’s” to “lie to my face / tell me it ain’t no thing / that’s what I want to hear,” and singing, “our generation’s for sale / it’s a steady job” on “I’m Designer.” In the studio, Alain Johannes played bass, but it is unclear if he will be joining QOTSA on the road this summer. So far, the group has only announced a handful of summer European festival dates.
“Era Vulgaris” is the follow-up to 2005’s “Lullabies to Paralyze.” That set has sold more than 342,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned the No. 2 Modern Rock hit “Little Sister.”