Whereas “Songs I Love” are tunes I dig that have stood the test of time, “Song of the Week” is typically a recent release that I heard, like, and can’t get out of my head.
I think this is the first time I’ve featured Queens of the Stone Age. If you don’t know them, Wikipedia describes them as “alternative rock, stoner rock, hard rock and alternative metal.” They’ve been around since 1996 and while I don’t follow them closely, I’ve liked just about everything I’ve heard from them.
This song, “The Way You Used To Do,” is from a forthcoming album called Villains. Band founder Josh Homme described the direction of the album as similar to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” (Mark Ronson, who produced and co-wrote “Funk,” also produced Villains.)
Ok, well, sure. But that sure as hell ain’t this song. This song is totally old school kick-ass hard rock that drives like a motherfucker. Rolling Stone calls it “grisly and jumping.” I call it no-nonsense, no-bullshit rock and roll. It grabs you by the throat and won’t let go.
The album drops on 8/25 and the band is touring behind it.