According to a posting on QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's official Facebook page, the band is "deep into makin' [its] new album" for a tentative early 2012 release. The message adds, "Locked away in the desert. & shit yeah. it. sounds. fuckin. killer."
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman Josh Homme in May confirmed that the band's long-awaited sixth studio album will be completed by the end of the year. He didn't offer any clues as to the direction of the new album, but revealed that "We're at a weird moment where we really don't feel like we have anything to prove. We just want to play to the people that are into us and we want to play right at them."
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE commemorated the recent reissue of its classic 1998 debut with a limited series of intimate shows at which the band played the record in its entirety, plus B-sides and other rarities and hits from the early QUEENS catalogue up to the present.
QUEENS guitarist Dean Fertita had previously said about the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2007's "Era Vulgaris", "We've got so many ideas started already; I guess we'll see what turns out to be everybody's favorite. It's very much still Homme's band, but I think all of us really feel like we've found our space in it and can contribute to it as well."