The Way You Used To Do, the first new material from Queens of the Stone Age for four years, is a hip-swivelling beast.
Taken from their forthcoming album Villains, it swaggers and teases while sticking closely to the band’s template of scuzzy, leather-clad riffs.
The buzzing, hacksaw riffs of Era Vulgaris‘ I’m Designer and Misfit Love are spliced with sexy, slinky Josh Homme vocals to create the band’s latest Frankenstein’s monster.
And while not a departure from the sound of their previous albums, the YouTube comments section is a-buzzing already with the approval of their faithful fans.
Listen to The Way You Used To Do below:
The return of Queens of the Stone Age is timely, considering the strong year we’ve had for rock music to date.
Royal Blood’s How Did We Get So Dark? is released today – a repeat of their debut, for better or worse – while young pretenders The Amazons released their confident debut earlier this month.
The new Queens of the Stone Age full-length, titled Villains, will be their seventh and is set for release on 25 August.
It was announced inadvertently by Mastodon’s Troy Sanders in January during a routine interview answer, but only now are the details confirmed.
They’ve also announced an epic world tour, including three UK dates at the end of November.
The band will visit the reopened Manchester Arena on 19 November, followed by the O2 Arena on the 21st and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on the 23rd.
There’s also an Irish date, at 3Arena in Dublin on the 24th.
Tickets for the UK dates go on sale on Wednesday 21 June and are likely to sell-out.
Queens of the Stone Age European Tour
November 4 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
November 5 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
November 6 – Samsung Hall – Zurich, Switzerland
November 7 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
November 9 – Konig-Pilsener Arena – Oberhausen, Germany
November 10 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
November 11 – Velodrom – Berlin, Germany
November 12 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
November 14 – TAP1 – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 15 – Sporthalle – Hamburg, Germany
November 16 – Sportspaleis – Antwerp, Belgium
November 19 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
November 21 – O2 Arena – London, UK
November 23 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
November 24 – 3Arena – Dublin, Ireland