Queens Of The Stone Age, In Times New Roman, Limited Color Double Vinyl, LP, Matador Records, 2023
Red, Green, or Silver Double Vinyl. In Times New Roman…’, the 8th studio album from Queens of the Stone Age is raw, brutal & rough around the edges but with a refinement that reveals itself further with each successive listen – and QOTSA founder Joshua Homme’s lyrics are as witty and withering than ever. The results are instantly identifiable ; QOTSA’s sonic signature, expanded and embellished with new and unprecedented twists in virtually every song, a live in-a-room recording that showcases a band at the height of their creative powers. ‘In Times New Roman…’ is a party for the obscene and the clean, the outcasts and the weirdos, and anyone and everyone in between. One of the most important bands in recent rock history is B A C K but it’s no exaggeration to call this album a devastating rebirth. Recorded at Pink Duck Studios, Shangri-La Studio, Dumbfox Studio. Produced By Queens of the Stone Age Mixed By Mark Rankin.
The core members of Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) are Joshua Homme (vocals, guitar), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keyboards), Michael Shuman (bass), and Jon Theodore (drums). However, the band has had several lineup changes over the years.
Regarding other projects, Joshua Homme has been involved in various musical ventures, including the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones) and his side project, Desert Sessions. Troy Van Leeuwen has played with bands like A Perfect Circle and Failure, while Jon Theodore has drummed for The Mars Volta.
QOTSA’s sound is a captivating blend of hard rock, stoner rock, and alternative rock. They craft powerful and groove-driven compositions, incorporating elements of blues, punk, and even psychedelic influences. Known for their heavy, guitar-driven sound, QOTSA delivers a distinctive blend of catchy melodies, infectious riffs, and Homme’s distinctive vocals, creating a sound that is both aggressive and melodic, capturing the essence of rock ‘n’ roll with a unique and compelling edge.