"A lot of geezers my age don't work out of their comfort zone anymore because
once you become legendary you don't want people challenging you.”--Iggy Pop
Post Pop Depression (Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline International) will be the 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22 album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977’s opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990’s gold-certified Brick By Brick.
The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer/guitarist/songwriter/multiinstrumentalist/ bandleader Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme's enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Both became instantly integral in creating and shaping the Detroit meets Palm Desert by way of old Berlin vibe of Post Pop Depression: Interweaving with and augmenting even more superhuman than expected Iggy vocal performances and Homme's
tapestry of guitar, bass, piano and backing vox, Fertitia's talent for wringing the
most out of only the most essential notes worked in seamless tandem with
Helders' pushing himself and his new bandmates to unforeseeable heights and
The result would be a timeless work, one that sounds as if it's always been there,
has existed before any of the musicians were even born-yet imbued with the
ramshackle energy of a garage band that threw itself together yesterday.
Post Pop Depression is equal parts a dream come true for co-creator Homme as
it is a record that defiantly takes its place in Iggy's storied discography alongside
the twin towers of The Idiot and Lust For Life-two records and the mythic Berlin
era of their creation canonized as much lyrically ("German Days") as sonically
("Sunday") on this new record. The album will be supported by a tour realizing
Homme's ambition to assemble a live outfit worthy of both bringing the new
album and doing justice to the gems and wreckage of the Ig's sprawling solo
catalogue: The core band that recorded the album will be expanded by QOTSA's
Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman guitarist Matt Sweeney.
Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best
works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age,
bearing its creators' undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they've
done before. It's a record that wouldn't exist without either Pop or Homme-and
one that probably shouldn't in theory if you really think about it-but it does, and
we and rock n roll are all the better for it.