Josh Homme and Iggy Pop Announce New Album ‘Post Pop Depression’: duo reveal secret album and forthcoming tour.
Mutual fans of Queens of The Stone Age and Iggy Pop get ready to freak: the two have just revealed ‘Post Pop Depression’, their forthcoming album (due out March 18th via Loma Vista) that was made in utmost secrecy over the past month (the group will be debuting tonight on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert).
In a NYT interview, Pop noted that lyrically, the project dealt with his aging legacy, made even more poignant in light of the recent death of his friend and collaborator David Bowie: “In American life, because it’s so hypercompetitive, what happens when you’re finally useless to everyone except hopefully not yourself? What happens then? And can you continue to be of use to yourself? I had a kind of character in mind. It was sort of a cross between myself and a military veteran.”
For Homme, it was a dream come true: Pop has been one of his most formative musical influences: “He is the last one of the one-of-a-kinds. This is a much deserved victory lap for a man who’s not sure if he won. But he did. He may have tunneled underground for lots of that, but he still got to the destination.”
The article notes that it all started with a text message that Pop sent Homme, saying simply ‘Hey, it would be great if we got together and maybe write something sometime — Iggy.’
Homme then began preparing material and picking band members for the project, including QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders; they will be touring with join Pop and Homme along with Queens guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and bassist Matt Sweeney.
It proved a healing process for Homme still reeling from the Paris attacks that happened during a set from Eagles of Death Metal, the band he founded with frontman Jesse Hughes (although he wasn’t present during the conflict): “The fact that I had this to work on, it saved me.”
Official tour dates haven’t been set, but according to Homme it will be a short and sweet affair: “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket,” Mr. Homme said. “So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.”
I am beyond excited for this, and will post updates and official release details when available.