Iggy Pop and Josh Homme unveil Post Pop Depression
The Stooges icon and Queens of the Stone Age frontman promise 'to go where neither of us have gone before'
The two titans of punk and stoner rock announced their debut collaborative LP on US series The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night (21 Jan). Self-financed and recorded in secrecy with Queens' multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders, Post Pop Depression is due for release on 18 March via Homme's Rekords Rekords imprint in conjunction with Loma Vista.
Speaking to The Skinny in 2013, Homme alluded to a desire to follow up the dark matter of Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork in the spirit of Pop's Berlin period. “Part of me thinks it would be great if this was the point-counterpoint that The Idiot and Lust For Life are, y’know? I love those records so much; they came out in a quick period of time. The Idiot is very dark and Lust For Life is sorta like ‘Tah-daaah!’ I would love to answer this album with a ‘Tah-dah!’ at some point.”
"I wanted to be free," says Iggy of the basis for their alliance. "To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter – first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA.”
"This was to go where neither of us had gone before," adds Homme. "That was the agreement. And to go all the way."
An augmented lineup of the band (featuring long-term Queens member Troy Van Leeuwen and Matt Sweeney of Chavez) will tour in 2016. Listen to their debut track Gardenia below.