Los Angeles – Proto-punk band The Stooges’ vocalist Iggy Pop and Josh Homme, founder, singer and guitarist of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age alongside have recorded a secret new album together which is called Post Pop Depression. The album, which will be released in March, was recorded in secrecy between Mr. Homme’s two studios: two weeks at his home setup in the desert, in Joshua Tree, and later for one week at Pink Duck in Los Angeles. Dean Fertita, also from Queens Of The Stone Age plays guitars and keyboards on the record while Matt Helders of Artic Monkeys is on the drums.
Post Pop Depression originated with a text message from Pop to Homme suggesting they should record together sometime. Homme said in an interview to The New York Times that the message basically said, “Hey, it would be great if we got together and maybe write something sometime.” Homme initially hesitated, but eventually came around after three months.
The text led to a phone conversation, and then a FedEx package that held quotations from Walt Whitman, poems or potential lyrics by Mr. Pop, brief notes about Pop’s days in Berlyn and the making of the two albums with David Bowie. Homme admitted it was an intimidating trove and that he didn’t contact Pop for three months but finally began writing and recording together last January.
Pop told the Times they had financed the project without a record label and that they had paid for the project themselves.
“It was made to be heard, not to be some quirky thing that we did with our own money, ha ha,” Pop said in the interview.
Pop told Mr. Homme in a conversation after the rehearsal that the result was that “you took me to a place I’d never been.” Which Homme replied saying, “This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way.”
The group will make its debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight. They also plan to tour around the album release date in March. The band on tour will include the musicians who collaborated in the making of the album along with Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens of the Stone Age, on the guitar, and Matt Sweeney, on the bass.
But Homme warned that there won’t be many shows during the tour, that they would not be in big places and getting tickets would be very difficult.
“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,” Homme said.
Source: NY Times