QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - Classic Debut Reissue Delayed

April 13, 2011, 6 years ago

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The release of the expanded, remastered reissue of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's classic 1998 debut has been delayed. The album will now be available on May 17th via Rekords Rekords/Domino.

The album can now be streamed in its entirety at the band's Facebook site.

Queens Of The Stone Age will be available on CD, double vinyl LP and via digital download. Pre-orders for the vinyl or CD formats will receive an instantly available digital download of the full record.

Queens Of The Stone Age have been commemorating the upcoming reissue with a limited series of intimate shows at which the band are playing the record in its entirety, plus B-sides and other rarities and hits from the early Queens catalogue up to the present.

The tour kicked off March 16th in Austin TX and will conclude tonight (April 13th) in Los Angeles. Tomorrow the band will appear Conan O'Brien's new nighttime talk show on US network TBS, Conan.

The genesis of Queens Of The Stone Age-the band and this first album-goes back to the 1995 dissolution of the criminally overlooked KYUSS, specifically founding guitarist Homme's migration from the California Desert to the Pacific Northwest to work on a new project concurrent with spending time on the road as second guitarist in SCREAMING TREES. Homme discarded the sludgy low-end expanses of his former band for much tighter song structure (for the most part) and honest-to-goodness capital 'H' hooks and what was originally christened GAMMA RAY was quickly changed to Queens Of The Stone Age shortly after its 1996 birth.

Homme returned to his old stomping grounds and reunited with latter day Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernandez to record as a fake trio (bass player "Carlo Von Sexron" is a nom-de-boom for Homme) and QOTSA came into full bloom, releasing the original version of this first album in 1998. If this re-issue doesn't document "hour zero," it's only a few minutes past. 'Regular John' introduces Homme as a smooth and assured vocalist with great melodic instinct. Tracks like 'Avon' and 'Walkin On Sidewalks' lock into heavy riffs that are in entrancing in their repetition and subtle shifts. And it's hard to believe that insistently catchy 'How To Handle A Rope' didn't make a greater impact on mainstream radio upon its initial release.

The Rekords Rekords/Domino reissue has been fully remastered from the original tapes and expanded by three tracks: 'The Bronze' and 'These Aren't the Droids Your Looking For' from the long out of print 1998 QOTSA/Beaver split EP and 'Spiders and Vinegaroons' from the posthumous Kyuss/QOTSA split EP. The album will be the first released via a worldwide alliance between Queens' Joshua Homme's own Rekords Rekords and Domino to market, promote and distribute selected titles from their catalogue.

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