Queens of the Stone Age’s “Paper Machete” Feels Like a Throwback


I don’t know about you, but the last couple of songs released by Queens of the Stone Age in anticipation of their upcoming album In Times New Roman simultaneously feel familiar and foreign to me. New sounds and styles blended in with past works in a way that left me wondering where this new record was headed.

If you were like me and curious what the hell Josh Homme and the rest of the band were cooking up, then today’s new single “Paper Machete” will feel safe and familiar — and that’s not a bad thing. As you’ll hear in the track below, this new single sounds like it could have ran on any of the albums prior to …Like Clockwork. If you’re even just a casual fan of Queens of the Stone Age, you should easily find something to like about this one.

If you simply cannot wait until June 16 for the full release of the new album, you can always attend a listening party at one of the band’s “Midnight Club” events. Slated to take place at various record stores and pubs in 23 countries around the world, QotSA fans will get a chance to listen to the new album at 11 p.m. on June 15 —one hour before it hits the general population. Exclusive vinyl variants and merch will be available at these events, as well as chances to win signed merchandise and free tickets to a nearby show.

In Times New Roman… will be released on June 16 via Matador Records, though you can preorder the album in all kinds of formats today. You can check out the full list of tour dates below.

Queens of the Stone Age: The End is Nero European Tour: 
November 4 – Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands [Tickets]
November 5 – Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal, Luxenbourg [Tickets]
November 7 – Paris Accor Arena, France [Tickets]
November 8 – Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany [Tickets]
November 9 – Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle, Germany [Tickets]
November 11 – Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany [Tickets]
November 12 – Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium [Tickets]
November 14 – Manchester AO Arena, UK [Tickets]
November 15 – London The O2, UK [Tickets]
November 18 – Glasgow OVO Hydro, UK [Tickets]
November 19 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK [Tickets]
November 20 – Stockton-on-Tees Globe Theatre, UK [Tickets]
November 22 – Dublin 3Arena, IE [Tickets]

Queens of the Stone Age: The End is Nero North American Tour: 
August 3 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill* [Tickets]
August 4 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage* [Tickets]
August 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors* [Tickets]
August 7 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater* [Tickets]
August 8 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann* [Tickets]
August 9 – Washington, DC – The Anthem* [Tickets]
August 11 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena* [Tickets]
August 12 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium* [Tickets]
August 15 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater* [Tickets]
August 16 – Asheville, NC – Rabbit Rabbit* [Tickets]
August 18 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre * [Tickets]
August 19 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater* [Tickets]
September 16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest [Tickets]
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory** [Tickets]
September 19 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse** [Tickets]
September 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre** [Tickets]
September 22 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park** [Tickets]
September 23 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park** [Tickets]
September 24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life [Tickets]
September 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP** [Tickets]
September 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion** [Tickets]
September 29 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre** [Tickets]
September 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair** [Tickets]
October 2 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum**  [Tickets]
October 3 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum** [Tickets]
October 4 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena** [Tickets]
October 6 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium** [Tickets]
October 8 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock  [Tickets]

*Phantogram and The Armed support
**Viagra Boys and Jehnny Beth support

Queens of the Stone Age to Take ‘The End is Nero’ Tour to the U.K. and Europe This November
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