MARK LANEGAN DISCUSSES NEW QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ALBUM & SONGWRITING WITH SCREAMING TREES

Here are a couple of excerpts from MusicRadar.com‘s new interview with Mark Lanegan.

On Queens of the Stone Age:

“I enjoy working on whatever I’m working on. I definitely enjoy working with Josh, he’s a good friend of mine, he’s another guy I hang out with a lot when I’m not making music. We have a lot of laughs working together, so in that way it is inspiring.”

“I sang a little bit on this new record. Josh and I are always doing stuff, but I don’t have a crystal ball, I can’t tell you what the future holds. But I do know that we enjoy working together and we continue to do so.”

On his songwriting skills growing during his time with the Screaming Trees:

“When I first started writing songs it would be a few words here and there. The guitar player wrote songs and I’d just change some words to make it have some kind of meaning to me because a lot of the stuff he was writing was psychedelia but he had never even tripped on acid so it became real cartoonish. So I had to sing these so I tried to have some sort of meaning to me. Tried and failed, I might add. But by the time we got to the last Trees records I was writing and there was a lot more satisfaction in that. It was a learning curve, when I started I didn’t know anything about music, singing or writing music. It took me a while and I’m still learning.”

  • cosmicatomic

    I’ve listened to Like Clockwork and I can’t seem to even really pick out any Lanegan vocals….anyone know which songs? I wish he had done lead vocals on some songs like he did on Songs for the Deaf.

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    That’s the beauty of it, it’s so tightly knit that it’s seamless.

    I love the new LP. I’m dying to see them again.

  • Superunknown5

    I believe he sings at the very beginning of Fairweather Friends. His vocals are layered with a couple others.

  • drew

    now mr.lanegan here delivers solid interview fare here-

    clear, detailed yet quick-

    love his music/vocals and despite his mixed feelings on the trees overall, i think they were/are fucking absolutely grand!

  • King Cornell of Seattle

    There’s always a hint of mystery around Mark and his interviews. Gotta love it. He doesn’t show his cards and is a very guarded guy but damn he is on top of his game right now as an artist and it’s exciting to see a guy with his talent really hit his stride. Just when you think he has maxed out, he pushes the envelope with layered production and electronic influences on Blues Funeral. Black Pudding was good, not a huge fan of Garwood or the extremely stripped down production, but it was different. It’s sad that out of anyone covered on this site, he and Alain Johannes are the two most underrated, overlooked, and underappreciated by the music world.

  • MindRiot132

    Actually I don’t think he’s on Fairweather Friends at all. He provides back up vocals on the “oooooohhhhhh’s” parts of If I Had A Tail. I think that’s it.

  • Lennart

    Mark is somewhere at the end of Wairweather Friends guys, listen closely.

  • Drexl

    It’s too bad Mark doesn’t enjoy doing interviews, because he’s an interesting guy and very intelligent. I get why he doesn’t, though.