Josh Homme responds to critics of new Queens Of The Stone Age album

"If 15 percent of the people don't hate you, you suck," Homme says

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has responded to critics of his band’s new album, saying that if there isn’t some people that hate you, then it means that “you suck”.

Homme’s band released their Mark Ronson-produced seventh album ‘Villains’ in August. NME‘s Leonie Cooper described the record at the time as “the sound of living in the moment”, however some fans criticised the album’s pop and dance-leaning sound.

Singer Homme has now told The Current that he had been “expecting” the criticism, saying: “It would be safe to understand that I might have known that that was going to happen.”

“I do believe that there’s no stasis or static in life,” Homme added. “You’re growing or dying. And, I feel if I’m challenging myself and if we’re challenging each other, we’re going in the right direction. The by-product of that is that anyone that’s into us should expect the poke in the chest because we’re doing it to ourselves first.”

Addressing the “old school purists”, Homme continued: “Part of me thinks that every time we put something out, we may lose 20 percent of the people. That 20 percent of the people might go: ‘It’s changed! Where’s my band that I had?’ You can pre-suppose that. I told this to Ronson, ‘If 15 percent of the people don’t hate you, you suck.’ He said: ‘I’m just trying to get it to 40.'”

Homme recently told NME that he’s proud of the way he’s able to “mix things up”. “The best part about getting to do this for a living is being able to keep looking for different ways to do things,” he explained.

“That allows you to move at the speed of exploration. You find different ways to do the same song. It’s nice to feel like you’re not chained to the music, and that it’s more free.”