By Scott T. Sterling

When Queens of the Stone Age hit the studio to create the band’s latest album, Villains, they made a point to take changes and try something new with the group’s hard rocking sound.

Tapping pop hit-maker Mark Ronson to produce the full-length effort, the band detailed the making of album track, “Domesticated Animals.”

Related: KROQ Presents Queens of the Stone Age at the Forum February 17

“That’s another one that was sort of like, where’s this gonna go?,” revealed guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen about how the track came together during an interview with KROQ DJ Stryker backstage at this year’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.

“While you’re making it, you just have no idea until it’s done. You know, we did the basic tracks and then we did some experimenting with it. I know (guitarist) Dean (Fertita) took some time, putting in a lot of work on keyboards and putting a lot of hats on. It was kind of more an experiment for us to see if it would actually stick, and it did.”

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