The fact that their latest studio effort "...Like Clockwork
" managed to top the Billboard 200 chart
caught Queens of the Stone Age
by surprise, but it was by all means a good kind of startle.
During a recent MTV
interview, the band confessed that such a global success comes as a bit strange.
" said guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen
prior to hitting the Download Festival
Main Stage on Saturday (June 15). "I never thought any record that I ever did would ever be number one on any chart, so really it's a surprise, but it's a welcome surprise and makes you feel good.
Bassist Michael 'Mikey Shoes' Shuman
chipped in, saying, "It's my first record with the band so it feels a little unfair that I'm on the No. 1, but being a fan for a long time, coming from that side, it is well deserved. Josh
] has been doing Queens since he was a wee lad and we are the best rock band out there right now.
When it comes to recent rumors
saying that legendary Quentin Tarantino
might direct a QOTSA animated movie based on a series of "...Like Clockwork" music videos created by graphic designer Boneface
, the bassist left plenty of room for more speculations and guessing as he politely refused to give any comment.
"...Like Clockwork" dropped on June 4 via Matador Records as the sixth record in the QOTSA opus. With 91,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it peaked at No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.