Queen of the Stone Age's new album, "...Like Clockwork," is out now on USB flash-drive and is being promoted with an online infomercial staring "Saturday Night Live" alumnus and "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen.
In the clip, Armisen poses as Ricky Chism of the Do Stuff Corporation, hawking the eight gigabyte drive that he says can double as "a handy bottle opener." He adds that the flash-drive "isn't some gimmick from a record label or a suit somewhere. This is coming directly from the band."
The five QOTSA members also make a quick appearance in the video. The flash drive sells for $29.99, and for a limited time fans can get a second drive free.
The group has been up-front that "...Like Clockwork" was a difficult album to make, with bandleader Josh Homme suffering a deep depression as the band started working on it, but Homme tells us that making the music helped lift him out of the darkness:
"Work has always been the thing that has kept me, I think, hopefully going in a good direction, y'know? The work is the destination pint to me. So I think we were able to sort of work our way through it. It took longer. There's a lot of roadblocks, and many of them were put up by us. But I guess it's what makes making it out something you're really proud of. This time there was no destination in site to walk to."
QOTSA is currently playing festivals in Europe, with two shows left in Spain and Portugal. The group begins its North American tour on August 2 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
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