Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Likes the ‘Friction of Collaborations’


Story by Cat Badra

Josh Homme on why he prefers working with bands verses going solo

Queens of the Stone Age are armed with a new studio album, “Villains,” and while the album shows major growth from the band’s self-titled debut, one thing is consistent: the passion frontman Josh Homme has for the band.

While Homme has dabbled in other projects aside from Queens of the Stone Age, notably Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures, he has never looked into a solo career. He says it’s not really of interest to him.

“I mean, I have always had the opportunity,” Homme told NME. “But then you’re all alone. I like the friction of collaborations. I could do (a solo album) but I haven’t had the desire yet.”

Homme actually played almost every instrument on Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled album. He says working with other musicians has an extra special vibe, though.

“I do think that the sparks fly from interacting with someone — it’s wonderful,” Homme said.

So, what kind of music does Queens make? When asked if Queens is a pop band, Homme explained, ““Yeah, I think so. I think we’re an art band… There was a fire at the paint factory and all the colours mixed together and blew up. I think that the whole point is not to blend in. I think we’ve always had this element of art and pop, heaviness and darkness. There is a certain goofiness to it all too.”

Homme also mentioned in the interview that he recently taped an episode of the BBC’s children’s show “Bedtime Stories,” which has various celebrities reading kids’ stories.

Homme and Queens of the Stone Age set off on a North American tour this week behind “Villains.”



Posted by Cat Badra | Alternative, Music, Rock, Rock News

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