Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme has revealed to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe that his band will return to the studio right after their Glastonbury Festival appearance in June.
He was speaking ahead of a special performance at London's Roundhouse, where the band played their first album from start to finish. The self-titled debut had been out of press for years until a recent re-release on Rekord Rekords.
"I'm not gonna lie: I'm sick of doing the first record," Homme told Zane Lowe. "I love the first record, but we've never played the same setlist before. But then we're playing really deep cuts [after the album performance] because it just it feels like a special night. We're playing really small places."
The first album may have been a stoner-rock classic, but the real question is when their next album will arrive.
"We're going to take our one last break that we would get for a month, and come back [to the UK] and do Glastonbury, then immediately jump in the studio," he explained.
He added, "Our record will be done by the end of the year. We have enough songs. We're at a weird moment where we really don't feel like we have anything to prove. We just want to play to the people that are into us and we want to play right at them."
The album performance appears to have been an exclusive invite-only event, with Josh joking that "There is a dress code, and I think no pants is the way to have a party."
The current UK circuit will move on to Glasgow and Manchester, and next Tuesday BBC Radio 1 will broadcast an exclusive gig night with the band.
The only thing to interrupt their recording process will be the live US dates detailed below (thanks to RiO!B).
Queens of the Stone Age 2011 tour dates:
07/23 - Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV 07/25 - Fox Theater - Pomona, CA 07/28 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR 07/29 - Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC * 07/30 - Gorge Amphitheatre - Quincy, WA * 08/02 - Southern Jubilee - Calgary, AB 09/03 - Pearl Jam festival - E. Troy, WI 09/04 - Pearl Jam festival - E. Troy, WI
* = Soundgarden shows