Read more: Josh Homme’s 10 finest moments
Filmed during the ongoing coronavirus quarantine by photographer Andreas Neumann as part of Hedi Slimane’s series Portrait Of A Performer, Homme is seen performing the song on an acoustic guitar in his bathroom at home in Los Angeles.
“I miss you now, what’s come over me?/ We’re hostages of geography,” he begins. “The wait is long and heavy too/ Despite what you’re accustomed to/ I know that life moves on, that’s what scares me so/ Have no intentions of letting go/ Only us, no one in the world/ Only us, no one in the world.”
According to the Instagram caption, Homme’s acoustic rendition was “performed in one take.”
Watch the performance in full below:
View this post on Instagram
RG @celine: CURATED BY HEDI SLIMANE FILMED IN JOSH’S BATHROOM AT HOME BY @NEUMANVISION APRIL 30th 2020 SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST JOSH HOMME, FOUNDER AND LEADER OF ICONIC ROCK BANDS @QUEENSOFTHESTONEAGE AND KYUSS AND IS CO-FOUNDER OF EAGLES OF DEATH METAL. JOSH HOMME PERFORMS “VILLAINS OF CIRCUMSTANCE” AT HIS HOME IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA. JOSH HOMME HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY AND COLLABORATED WITH @HEDISLIMANE AS PART OF HEDI’S ONGOING MUSIC PROJECTS. PERFORMED IN ONE TAKE PROJECT COURTESY OF HEDI SLIMANE #JOSHHOMME #QUEENSOFTHESTONEAGE #CURATEDBYHEDISLIMANE #CELINEBYHEDISLIMANE
The original version of ‘Villains of Circumstance’ features on Queens Of The Stone Age’s 2017 album ‘Villains’.
After concluding touring for 2017’s ‘Villains’, Homme says he was left feeling burnt out by the globe-trotting jaunt.
“After the last Queens tour, I needed to take a break,” Homme told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think that style of putting out 10 more songs and touring for two years, I could ever do again like that.”
Discussing future plans for the band, he said: “In terms of notoriety, I really have no interest in getting any bigger. And if it were a little smaller, I’d probably be fine with that because there’s nothing down that road — unless it allows me to pull musicians from a farther world to do this.”