QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have written around 25 new songs for their next Interscope studio album, guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme has told Billboard.com. However, the band are not planning on entering the studio to record the material for quite awhile. "We know the earliest we could record is October," he said. "We don't want to know all these tunes right now because we want to keep it exciting."
Homme says he thinks the new material "blows away" the group's acclaimed 2002 album "Songs for the Deaf", which peaked at No. 17 on The Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 690,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. He describes the new tracks as "an attempt at being sweet enough for the chicks and heavy enough for the dudes."
Among the songs set to be included on the as-yet-untitled CD is "Until Tomorrow", is a holdover from sessions for 2000's "Rated R".
In related news, Homme has contributed to the ninth and 10th editions of his ongoing "Desert Sessions" releases, which are set to surface Aug. 12 through Ipecac Records in tandem with Homme's Rekords Rekords imprint. In addition, both Homme (on drums) and QUEENS bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri have contributed to QUEENS vocalist Mark Lanegan's upcoming Beggars solo album, "Bubblegum", due in the fall. Homme and QUEENS guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen play on the cut "Faith in Mine" on the upcoming album from producer James LaVelle's U.N.K.L.E. project, and Homme has also contributed guitar work during sessions with former Tricky vocalist Martina Topley-Bird.