The Way You Used To Do,’ the recently released first single from Queens Of The Stone Age’s ominously approaching seventh album Villains, has been realised as a fever dream Satanic dance ritual extravaganza—featuring QOTSA founder and frontman Joshua Homme lighter on his feet and darker in his soul than ever before.
Conceived by Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund and produced by Serial Pictures, ‘The Way You Used To Do,’ somehow fit its multiple sets, wardrobe changes and intricate dance routines into one day of shooting August 8th in Los Angeles. Considering potential reactions to the sinister shuffle of ‘The Way We Used To Do’ being translated into a panoramic soul-selling dance trip, Homme says “It’s our way of paying tribute to Cab Calloway and the film Hellzapoppin’. I fully realise that may be a little more than some are open to, and that’s perfectly fine with me. There’s the door. If some of the more close-minded are gently pruned, that just leaves more room on the dance floor for the open-minded ones to get loose. That’s been the spirit of Queens Of The Stone Age and the space we’ve worked to create from day one.”
With recently released second track ‘The Evil Has Landed’ hailed by Rolling Stone as “a sprawling and diabolical new rocker” featuring “Homme singing in a falsetto that sounds both sweet and sinister,” Villains was co-produced by Mark Ronson and will be released August 25th on Matador Records / Remote Control Records.
Queens Of The Stone Age is Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore.
Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains is out Friday 25 August via Matador Records / Remote Control Records.