QOTSA's Homme: 'Music Is a Very Selfish Process, You Have to Do It for Yourself'

"Artistic relationships don't last," the frontman adds about lineup changes.

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Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme recently discussed his artistic approach, dubbing it highly introspective and expressing desire for the band's lineups to last longer. "Music is a very selfish process," Josh told Standard. "You have to do it for yourself, or that’s how I interpret it. And I was sick of myself. I kind of wished I could get the hell away from me." Discussing the band's changing personnel and turbulent relationships, Homme noted that "artistic relationships don't last. I want them to but I don't expect them to," he added, along with a fruit comparison. "They're like an orange. You get all the juice you can and you don't sit there holding the rind for the rest of your life. I expect them to have an ending point. When they do last a long time I just think, God, how big is this orange!" The frontman further elaborated QOTSA hierarchy. "We all decide what direction to go in," he said. "But then someone has to hold the wheel and drive, someone else has to read the map - those roles are necessary. Where the friction comes from is when someone wants to switch roles and they won't admit it." In somewhat related news, the band presented their signature series of Christmas sweaters as two distinctive designs surfaced via official online store. You can check them out here. QOTSA unveiled their latest studio effort "...Like Clockwork" on June 4 via Matador Records, scoring a No. 1 debut on the US Billboard 200 chart.

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    I really hope their current line-up lasts as long as possible, they seem pretty strong and tight together
    Same here! Queens now are better than ever!
    *Cue someone saying they wish Nick was back and QOTSA haven't made a decent album since SFTD*
    Well, it´s true. Until now. ...Like Clockwork is solid. A fantastic album with the Queens in good old shape...ish. Two members from the SFTD-era left, but still.
    For all the flak he's caught over the years, with people thinking he's a dictator [or just a d*ck], he always sounds pretty reasonable when he discusses things. I bet he's probably more easy to work with than people think, as long as they are honest about what they want to do. He doesn't seem like someone who would tolerate the passive-aggressive thing at all, and more power to him for that....
    I do miss the carnage Nick Oliveri added, seen them live on Saturday was great but songs like Millionaire sounded neutered. My problem with current line-up and the last album despite all the guest spots the album and now the live set lacks the diversity they used to have, you would have 3 lead singers really on SFTD and on albums like lullabys I feel you can hear other inferences more such as Alaines guitar work.
    I think the diversity in singers is made up for with the diversity of musical styles that are displayed in the last two albums.