Iggy Pop and Josh Homme teaming up together makes so much sense that it makes you wonder why it’s taken so damn long. They are two of the greatest frontmen, that it’s a match made in rock n roll heaven.
Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Iggy Pop secretly hit the studio together last January and not only wrote but recorded a full-length album called Post Pop Depression, which will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.
According to an interview with The New York Times, Homme and Pop financed the project themselves to ensure “utmost secrecy and full independence.” They recorded nine songs over the course of two sessions at Homme’s two studios: two weeks at his home setup in the desert, in Joshua Tree and later for one week at Pink Duck. They collaborated fully with the exception of one ground rule: That neither would bring in complete songs, only ideas.
Other fellow minimal conspirators were Dean Fertita (also from Queens of the Stone Age and the Dead Weather) on guitars and keyboards and Matt Helders (aka the Agile Beast) from Arctic Monkeys on drums.
Also during TNYT interview, Homme revealed that he was originally supposed to perform with Eagles of Death Metal on the night of the Paris terror attacks. “I guess it was my fate to be home and to bring them home,” Homme said. “Bad things are like a sunset; they dissipate over time. But this is a long sunset. My dearest friends — how will they un-see that?” He added that working on Post Pop Depression helped him cope with the aftermath: “The fact that I had this to work on, it saved me.”
They’re all planning a short tour together in March (HELL YES) and Pop said the setlist will include material from his album Lust for Life, including the track Success, which he has never before performed live.
Homme and Pop will make their debut performance together on tonight’s episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.