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Hear Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Desert-Styled’ New Song ‘The Evil Has Landed’

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Queens of the Stone Age has dropped the second single from their upcoming album Villains, which is due out two weeks from tomorrow (Aug. 25). Titled “The Evil Has Landed,” the track is a six-minute stomper which band frontman Josh Homme says was informed by his Palm Desert upbringing and that the song, “goes by quick and never really repeats itself and when it does, it’s spinning around.”

“There’s a bit of my early influence and it’s just got a desert style,” he tells Zane Lowe of Apple Music. “I always go back to the desert all the time. When I moved [to Los Angeles] I moved to the Valley because I was used to having a yard, and I thought, ‘Well, if it goes down here, at least I know all of the back roads to get to home. So I moved here basically as a doomsday prepper.”

Earlier this year, Homme stressed that the title of the new record isn’t meant to be a commentary on the current state of politics or the presidential administration in the United States.

“The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that s—t,” he said. “It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened … Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go.”

Villains, which will be the seventh album by QOTSA, was produced by Mark Ronson who said, “Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000.”

Queens of the Stone Age kick off a fall tour with Royal Blood Sept. 6 in Port Chester, N.Y. at the Capitol Theatre. The full set of dates can be found here.

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