Michael Shuman says he and bandmates are close “like brothers”
By David Sands
August 25, 2017
Michael Shuman and his Queens of the Stone Age bandmates are no doubt shaking their heads after songs from their upcoming album on another artist’s record due to a pressing blunder. The three tunes in question are reportedly the tracks “Fortress,” “Head Like a Haunted House,” and “Un-Reborn Again,” which are set to appear on their new album Villains.
Word has it that the songs appeared in some advance vinyl copies of the B-Side of Reservoir, the debut album of Gordi, an Australian folk-electronic artist who also goes by the name Sophie Payten. Gordi’s record label Jagjaguwar and QOTSA’s label Matador both belong the same U.S.-based family of labels, the Secretly Group.
Chris Swanson of the Secretly Group recently told Pitchfork his organization was trying fix the issue.
“This is a pressing defect that we’re working diligently to resolve as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened, but we’re all hoping it’s the last.”
Both of the albums, QOTSA’s Villains and Gordi’s Reservoir are being released today (Aug. 25).
Although Shuman, QOTSA’s bassist, hasn’t commented on the pressing blunder, it appears he’s very happy with the band right now.
“I can’t speak how the dynamic was with past members and how those records were made, but I know that our dynamic is that we’re like brothers and we’re very tight,” he told Heavy Magazine in a July interview. “I think we’re lucky enough to be in a band with a leader like Josh [Homme] who is an open minded individual and welcomes ideas. I feel like I can speak my mind.”
Watch new QOTSA trailer for Villains