QOTSA Anxious to Enter Studio: 'We Have a Lot of New Songs'

"I've been writing a lot on the road," says Josh Homme.

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has confirmed that the band is more than looking forward to his the studio and work on the "...Like Clockwork" follow-up.

Chatting with Crave Online, Josh explained how the latest tour dragged on for a bit too long, leaving the group anxious to start composing.

"There's a lot of new songs," he said. "I've been writing a lot on the road, and there's some stuff that we didn't quite pick up to tinker with that was waiting in the wings on the last record that just never got ... we had enough. We were having plenty of trouble figuring out those ones, so as not to pick up the other ones. And they didn't really belong on the last record. Some of 'em were too happy."

After explaining how expressing happiness has always been the most difficult thing in QOTSA song, Homme focused on drummer Jon Theodore, naming his lack of involvement on the latest album as one of the reasons for feeling "itchy" about getting back to the studio.

"I think we're all so itchy to go back into the studio, in particular because Jon only performed on one song, and we kind of see our future in Jon. His abilities have not been mined in any way, in that there's so much he can do that takes us into such a weird and beautifully off-kilter position for us.

"So I think there's a definite urge to jump back in the studio. I think the hardest part is going to be to regroup and learn how to be home for a second. Cause we really haven't been home."

Further discussing the matter, the frontman added, "That's the thing with someone like Jon, who can bring everything to the table. And some drummers can be so kitchen sink about everything that you almost don't know what you're hearing.

"For me it's much more difficult ... if you're playing with someone, try to ask them to play one note for five minutes and see if they can do it. It's one of the most impossible things. It's so difficult, it takes such skill and concentration to be Jaki Liebezeit from Can.

"He's not only one of Jon’s favorite drummers, but one of mine as well. He's gotta be one of the funkiest, best, most groovin' best drummers possible. Now if you put him up against someone who's constantly playing, and do the Pepsi challenge with Jaki Liebezeit, with someone that’s always going off and can't hold back, people will pick Jaki Liebezeit. Nine dentists out of ten will pick Jaki Liebezeit."

During the rest of the chat, Josh touched on the matter of death metal, calling it an "unsexy" genre, but admitting it would be interesting if he could do a death metal scream.

"The truth is, I want to play for the girls," he said. "And I somehow feel like death metal ... I want it to feel like a party, and you have to encourage and incorporate the girls in there too, you know? [Death metal] is categorically unsexy. It's badass. I'll listen to Vader, I'll do it all, but..."

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    I can't wait. Like clockwork is tied with songs for the deaf in terms of most consistent queens records for me.
    Most overrated ****ing band ever.
    Pfff, your opinion is not stopping my raging boner GO QOTSA FOR GOD LOVE OF GOD GO GO GO
    Clear Justin Bieber fanboy
    I'm a fan of pure in your face rock n roll and metal, man. Favorite bands are Alice in Chains and Pantera. Of course this is my opinion, I just don't see true rock n roll spirit in this band or the music. Loved me some Kyuss because they had that energy and aggression, QOTSA's music just seems so stale to me, like Homme is trying to put out music, not letting it flow through him.
    I lost it at Pantera. I like a lot of their music, but if there was ever a try hard, want to be in your face bro band, it's them. Some bands exorcise demons through their music, some bands have just been really pissed since high school and want everyone to know about that. I'd like to think Pantera helped kickstart that mindless tough guy bullshit.
    Phil Anselmo definitely had demons to exorcise, so if you think otherwise you don't know anything about Pantera. And they have a lot more demons now with the on-stage murder of Dimebag. Some people forget that his death was extremely tragic and horrible, not your typical rockstar death for sure. I mean everyone's still feeling the shock of his death not just because it was a bummer but because of it's implications - that being a musician, being on stage and performing what you love could get you killed. I don't know I don't think people should blame Pantera for other bands existing, they themselves were not hopping on trends or intentionally creating trends, they were just being themselves and Metal responded to that, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse.
    More QOTSA? I can deal with that.
    Really? . . . I could use a break
    Then take a break man. No one is forcing you to listen to them nonstop.
    I don't listen to them, it's tiresome that every six seconds they have a new article, or that if someone does not like their music they are exiled from society. Not saying they are not talented, but i'm not sure when everyone got a hard on for them, and Ghost especially. Sorry that is just how I see it.
    "Hey, another article about that band I don't like. I think I'll click on it and tell people about how they're not worth the hype because I don't like it. Sorry for the truth bombs."
    I get it that they may be over covered with "news" articles, along with many other artists, but don't blame the artists for that. You can definitely blame UG if you want, or you can blame yourself for clicking and reading articles about bands that you are tired of hearing about. The more hits and comments you make on QOTSA or Ghost, the more articles UG will publish anyways.
    Agreed, **** this band. Still don't understand how Homme stayed relevant after he stopped making music with Kyuss
    Excellent news, but c'mon Josh you know we all want some more Them Crooked Vultures. Make it happen!
    Sweet Paramania
    Usually bands start to descend in quality as the years go by, but damn some of my favorite Queens songs are from the latest record.
    I'm very interested to hear what Jon Theodore can bring to the table. I haven't yet gotten a feel for exactly what kind of drummer he is and these comments sound very promising- drummers really do have the power to drive a bands direction and feel, and past QOTSA drummers have more than demonstrated this.
    Deloused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta is one of the better albums that Theodore has been part of. His drumming there is insane and I cannot recommend that record enough. It does get a little trippy at times, though.
    Frances the Mute also!
    Also One Day as a Lion with Zach de la Rocha. Jon Theodore was one of my favorite drummers around even BEFORE he hooked up with QOTSA
    You say that like it's an accomplishment. I mean I love Jon and have loved him since the early Mars Volta days but I assumed everybody who is hyped for him being in the band already was aware of how fantastic he was before-hand.
    That song he played, the acoustic one, Villains of Circumstance was really really excellent. I'd love to hear that on an album.
    Josh Homme name dropping Vader is pretty bad ass. I love death metal, but he's right about the lack of sexiness. The smell of balls and man sweat is ubiquitous.
    I hope to change that. I'll be a Death Metal singer/guitarist but I'll wink to the girls in the crowd to make them swoon and make kissy faces. That's what Death Metal's all about after all. Now I just gotta wait for girls to come to Death Metal shows.
    Josh Homme is one of those guys who just have alot good music to offer album after album. Project and band after another. I just hope that he doesn't go too soft in future. Qotsa needs some punk rock riffs to balance the good stuff.
    As long as the music is good, I don't see an issue with going "too soft". In a lot of people's eyes, Trent went soft last year but Hesitation Marks is still ****ing fantastic.
    matteo cubano
    it has very little melody and musical elements. I love Trent and 90% of his work but I couldn't listen to anything outside of their two singles.
    Am I the only one who thought Like Clockwork was a little lack-luster? It had it's moments and all, but I found myself really bored with the slow ballads. I know Josh was going through some rough stuff during the making of the album and ballads are acceptable in that respect. But I have never skipped songs on a QOTSA album so much as I did with Like CLockwork. On top of that I saw them back to back on that tour while being high as ballz on some Lucy in the sky of diamonds thinking it might make me more resceptive to the songs off that album, and as soon as he hit the piano for Vampyr of time, I went for a "piss break" out of shear boredom. I really miss the raucous, riffage and balls they used to have. Just my thoughts