Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Iggy Pop have recorded an album together, which will be released in March.
The album, titled Post Pop Depression, was confirmed in an interview with The New York Times. It consists of nine songs recorded over two “secret” sessions.
The pair went into the studio earlier this month and described the album as being like Pop’s early material, continuing where Lust For Life left off.
The pair, who also reportedly funded the project themselves, were joined by Homme’s fellow Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.
“It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye”
Although Homme and Pop plan to take the album on tour this year, Homme said: “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. So almost everyone won’t see it. It’ll be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it’ll be over in the blink of an eye.”
Homme said that he had planned to perform with Eagles Of Death Metal on the night of the Bataclan attack in Paris last November, which left 89 fans dead. He added that working in the studio with Pop gave him focus in the aftermath. He explained: “The fact I had this to work on, it saved me.”
The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman is proving to be something of a fan of a supergroup, having already recorded and toured as part of Them Crooked Vultures alongside Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl. Pop’s most recent album was Ready To Die with The Stooges in 2013.
Michael Eavis, it’s time to work your Glastonbury secret-show magic, please.
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