QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman Josh Homme has told MTV.com that he will return to the studio in April with the remaining QUEENS members — guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and drummer Joey Castillo — to work on the band's next album.
"I gotta be honest," he said. "I knew this [split with bassist Nick Oliveri] was coming, so I wrote everything by myself. And it's the best shit I've ever written. My tank has been fueled by people saying I couldn't do it, and I'm gonna show them they're dead wrong."
"It reminds me of the same, trancey emptiness of the first QUEENS record," Homme said of the new material. "It's no accident everything has come full circle. There's lots of repetition with falsetto melodies over the top. I want people to shake their ass and shut their eyes and just trance out. I want to move people and get the hairs on their arms to stand up."
Homme told MTV.com that he will play all the bass parts on the album, as he did on the group's self-titled debut. "I don't want to rush into anything with another bassist, so I'll deal with that when the time is right," he said.
With regards to a possible replacement for Nick, Josh said that there have been a number of applicants already. "Oh man, I'm fielding all these crazy phone calls from people I've never met," he said. They're like, 'Hi, I've got long hair and the look, and I can tear it up.' These guys say things like, 'I got your number through Joe Sh-- the Ragman and Gravel Gerty.' Man, I just don't care right now. QUEENS has had lots of members, and I don't mean to suggest that Nick was just a casual member, but because the music has always been made with love we've always sorted ourselves out. And I don't expect that part of it to be any different. We'll find someone who loves music."