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Queens of the Stone Age New Single: “Emotion Sickness”

The new Queens of the Stone Age single is here (it has leaked on fans’ websites and it’s easy to find if you want to listen to it: try Reddit) and it’s raw as hell. The new song has that ferocious, aggressive QOTSA signature plus a melodious, psychedelic-pop, multi-layered chorus coming straight from the best of ‘70s rock. “Emotion Sickness” begins with chaotic energy, a big-sounding guitar riff building a stop-and-start, stomp-rock that doesn’t seem to go anywhere despite its sonic tantrum filled with male energy. It could sound like a nervous engine with a lot of potentials under the hood that refuses to start properly, but when it really starts, it is pure bliss.

The first line “Use once and destroy” obviously reminds Iggy Pop and the Stooges but it’s actually the title of a Hole song and a Nirvana lyrics? The rest of the song seems to be addressed to a woman «Baby don’t care for me/Gotta let her go, oh » and it’s very easy to read Joshua Homme’s personal life and tumultuous divorce throughout the lyrics. 

We don’t know anything about the rest of the album but if this piece reflects the tone of “In Times New Roman,” we are not in gentle pop crowd-pleaser territory: The tune bursts in such anger and restrained rage, that you can almost see the blood on the track; then there’s an unexpected metamorphosis with a surprising brightness and a rapturous chorus. We have heard this blend of styles and moods before, this is precisely what makes Queens of the Stone Age’s music so special, and it’s good to see they are back with hooks and furious energy.

Here is the expected track list of “In Times New Roman”

  1. Obscenery
  2. Paper Machete
  3. Negative Space
  4. Time & Place
  5. Made to Parade
  6. Carnavoyeur
  7. What the Peephole Say
  8. Sicily
  9. Emotion Sickness
  10. Straight Jacket Fitting

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