Villains is the seventh studio album by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, released on August 25, 2017. The album was announced on June 14, with a teaser trailer taking the form of a comedy skit featuring the band performing a polygraph test with Liam Lynch. The first single, "The Way You Used to Do", was released the following day along with the announcement of a world tour.
Villains does not feature any guest musicians unlike the band's previous albums.
Several of the songs from the album were previewed in some form prior to its release.
The album has been described as "a little looser and more uptempo than their last release ...Like Clockwork and "more carefree". Josh Homme cites his interest in dancing, working with Mark Ronson, and the song, "Uptown Funk" for the direction of the album. Kory Grow of Rolling Stone notes, "While the guitars still have the limber crunch of Queens albums past, they're playing around easy-breezy disco beats and chilly synths on songs like "Feet Don't Fail Me" and "Un-Reborn Again.""