Punk pioneer Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have been working on a secret album — without a label — since last January, and the duo will debut new music Thursday night on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Their project titled, Post Pop Depression, will drop March 18 with a short tour to follow, the New York Times reports. It’s slated to be released via Loma Vista.
The Stooges singer said Homme “took me to a place I’d never been,” while Josh added, “This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way.”
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The nine-track album was recorded at Homme’s home studio in Joshua Tree and Burbank, California. Post Pop Depression marks Iggy’s first record since his 2013 Ready to Die effort with the Stooges. Homme was more than eager to collaborate with Pop, who texted him from Miami asking if he was interested in writing some songs together.
“It basically said, ‘Hey, it would be great if we got together and maybe write something sometime — Iggy,” said Homme of the text.
After exchanging ideas over the phone, “Pop sent Homme a package filled with potential lyrics, other writings and, per Homme’s request, notes about his Berlin days with Bowie,” Rolling Stone notes. Three months later, Josh sent Iggy some in-progress songs of his own and the pair agreed to hit the studio.
Pop explained that Post Pop Depression explores what happens when you are no longer useful to society.
“In American life, because it’s so hypercompetitive, what happens when you’re finally useless to everyone except hopefully not yourself?” he said. “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.”
Iggy Pop and his influential punk band The Stooges reunited in 2003, and the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. He’s known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics, and his music has encompassed a variety of styles throughout his 40-plus year career. Pop’s catchy songs have been used in numerous films and commercials, including “Lust for Life,” “The Passenger,” “Real Wild Child,” and “Candy.”
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Josh is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age. He also co-founded and occasionally performs with Eagles of Death Metal, and he’s the founder and former guitarist of stoner rock band Kyuss.
“He is the last one of the one-of-a-kinds,” Homme said of Pop. “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.”
During a 2014 interview with The Telegraph, Pop said the music business is bad for artists.
“I don’t think that the music business is always good for artists. I don’t think that the glorification of the music business is always really truly good for artist. It’s been good for… wouldn’t you say that it’s been good for Simon Cowell?” he says, “Well, how much do you think he’s doing for the artists? Do you see what I’m saying?”
Iggy Pop says he and Josh Homme paid out of their own pockets to pay for the production of Post Pop Depression.
“It was made to be heard,” he said, “not to be some quirky thing that we did with our own money.”
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