If you're thinking it's high time desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age start prepping a follow-up to 2013's epic ...Like Clockwork LP, you may be getting your wish fulfilled in the near future. The band have confirmed they've reconvened and have plans to record by the end of the year.
Band leader Josh Homme was the first to stir up anticipation for the next QOTSA album, confirming last month with the Let There Be Talk podcast that "a Queens return is up next on my schedule." He added of the logistics: "Same lineup and we're locked in. We're having a meeting tomorrow about what we're going to do."
Now, an interview with longtime guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen reveals that the band meeting led to talks about when to record. In a talk with 2 Hours with Matt Pinfield, he said Queens of the Stone age should be back in the studio before the end of 2016.
"We've already started talking about what we're gonna do next for the next Queens record," Van Leeuwen told host Matt Pinfield. "There's tons of ideas that are bouncing around â¦ We're going to do something before the end of the year, as far as recording goes."
He added that the group are excited to follow up ...Like Clockwork, though they may scale back their approach this time around.
"It was a big record for us 'cause it was the hardest record to make," he said of ...Like Clockwork, "and we're trying to not do that again. We just want to keep things simpler and try that, I guess."
After Queens of the Stone Age wrapped up the promo cycle behind ...Like Clockwork, Homme set to work on a new Eagles of Death Metal record, while both he and fellow Queens of the Stone Age member Dean Fertita worked on Iggy Pop's Post Pop Depression. Fertita's time off also found him getting back together with the Dead Weather to deliver 2015 LP Dodge and Burn.