Queens 'Giveth' Third Single, But No New Songs This Summer

Band has 25 tracks written for next LP but won't play them on Lollapalooza.

First the Queens of the Stone Age will giveth, then they'll giveth some more.

Soon after the band releases its next single, "First It Giveth," the group will head back into the studio to record many of the 25 new songs already written for the follow-up to last year's Songs for the Deaf.

"First It Giveth," the third single from the band's third album, will be released by the time the group heads out on this year's Lollapalooza, which starts July 3 in Ionia, Michigan (see "Lollapalooza Tour Dates Announced").

"It's about sometimes you can be partying, and the party turns so you're alone in isolation," explained bassist Nick Oliveri. "You're in a room by yourself, so first it giveth, then it taketh away."

"Basically, you take something to go up, and inevitably you have to come down at some point — I'm talking about religion here," guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen said. "You get high on God and then the devil comes in and yanks you back down."

Queens plan to head into the studio after Lollapalooza and hope to have a new record nearly complete by the end of the year. Tentative song titles include "Tangled Up in Plaid," "So High So Low," "All That I Got," "Everyone Knows That You're Insane," "Paper Thin" and "Skin on Skin."

"It's gonna be hard to choose [just] some of the tunes," Oliveri said. "Do you do a triple record or do you do another 14- or 15-song record? There's a lot to choose from, and you don't want to cut away too much because then it cuts out a style that the band's also good at. So to cut out too much is to cut out too much. To cut out a little would be to cut out too much. So we have to really sift through it and not rush it."

Although Oliveri and guitarist Josh Homme still make up the band's fulcrum, the new record will also feature songwriting by Van Leeuwen, singer Mark Lanegan and new drummer Joey Castillo.

"We've finally found players that want to stay and we want them to," Oliveri said. "We haven't had that before. It wasn't that we wanted it to be two or three people, it was that we hadn't found the right people until now. So it's gotta be better now, because bringing in guests who don't know the songs is a different thing. It takes more time with people learning stuff and showing them parts. Plus, all the newer songs are better because our songwriting just keeps improving."

Oliveri said the new material will contain elements from each of the band's albums.

"There's all kinds of guitar-heavy stuff that's similar to [1998's Queens of the Stone Age], and some more melodic, poppy stuff with hooks and choruses like [2000's] R, and stuff that's hard, hard, hard and driving like 'Six Shooter' from Songs for the Deaf. Plus there'll be stuff that will be unexpected, because we're always trying to experiment with new things so we never end up making the same record twice."

If you're planning to see Queens of the Stone Age on Lollapalooza, don't expect to hear any of the band's new songs; they'll be kept under wraps until the band returns to the studio, but not for fear of Internet leaks.

"We just don't want to burn out on them," Oliveri said. "We're not even rehearsing the new songs, because if we start rehearsing then we're gonna be playing them live. And by the time we go to record them, we'll already be tired of them. So why sound burned in the recording when it can be fresh and you're still loving it?"