Queens of the Stone Age: Josh Homme and Boneface on the Art Behind "Villains"
“Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was.” When I read this statement by Josh Homme, band leader of the quintessential California desert rock band Queens of the Stone Age, regarding their new album, Villains, out August 25th on Matador, I was already hooked. Truth be told, I have been hooked since the summer of 2000, when QOTSA’s “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” was my mantra. The band has always had a little fuck-you attitude mixed with intensity and humor, which is probably why Homme relates so well with UK-based illustrator Boneface. The artist’s work adorned the band’s 2013 album ...Like Clockwork, and he recently entrenched himself in the recording sessions again, this time for Villains, producing a new set of visuals that perfectly support Homme’s slogan of revolt. We chatted with both Homme and Boneface about creating their own Steadman and Thompson universe. —Evan Pricco
August 25, 2017