On Queens of the Stone Age’s brand new record Villains, frontman Josh Homme’s revitalised outlook on life has resulted in the Palm Desert group’s most upbeat record to date.
Bringing in Mark Ronson to helm production duties certainly adds the danceability that the band were after – but don’t doubt for a second that you’ll be dancing anywhere other than a dark, smoke-filled, sticky-floored bar. There is still something familiarly sinister about Villains; the record swaggers through nine tracks without a single good intention (not that you ever expected one), from the sauntering slink of opener Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, to the voodoo groove of Domesticated Animals, or the salaciousness of Head Like a Haunted House (the Iggy Pop-inspired, New Wave, punk bouncer). It quickly becomes clear that not only has Josh Homme been dancing with the devil for over 20 years, he quite likes it too.
Villains is out August 25 on CD and vinyl via Remote Control.