Queens Of The Stone Age Reveal New Single ‘Paper Machete’

Queens of the Stone Age have shared one final preview of their new album In Time New Roman… before its release this Friday.

“Paper Machete” feels like classic Queens of the Stone Age with a chugging riff, uptempo groovy vibe, and Josh Homme’s crooning vocals. Speaking about the song in a new interview with Consequence of Sound, Homme explains the song’s connection to “Little Sister” and “Regular John.”

“There’s some classic us here… Like, that lead line that’s going through the song, that’s such quintessential Dean [Fertita] — it’s very him, the style and the way it’s played. And Troy [Van Leeuwen] was saying, ‘I’m going to do a lead that’s the exact tone as ‘Little Sister.’ I guess we call them cousins, like ‘Little Sister’ is related to ‘Paper Machete’ — and it’s also related to our first song, ‘Regular John,’ all the way back.”

“I think, lyrically, this has become this diary of a life. You’re writing a soundtrack in your life. When you stop the film and pull a single frame, each song is like a single frame of an emotion. This one kind of represents the frustration of saying, ‘I’ve had enough now.’ I think it’s really important to be able to really distill it down to one drop of an emotion for each song.”

Listen to the song below.

Queens of the Stone Age’s new album In Times New Roman… comes out this Friday. Pre-orders can be found here. The band will embark on “The End is Nero tour.” The North American leg launches in August. Check out all the dates here.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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