While Our Backs Were Turned, Josh Homme And Iggy Pop Recorded A Secret Album Together
Written by Emmy Mack on 22nd January, 2016
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Two of rock n’ roll’s greatest frontmen have been gathering in secret to record new music, right under our very noses.
The superstar duo dropped the bombshell news in an interview with The New York Times, revealing that they’d financed the project themselves to ensure “utmost secrecy and full independence”.
Joined in the studio by guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita (QOTSA, The Dead Weather) and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, the pair recorded nine songs over the course of two sessions, with just one intriguing ground rule: “neither would bring in complete songs, only ideas”.
Homme has described the record as kind of like a sequel to Lust for Life, Pop’s 1977 collaboration with the late legend David Bowie.
“Where those records pointed, it stopped,” Homme told The Times. “But without copying it — that direction actually goes for miles. And when you keep going for miles, you can’t see these two records any more.”
In the interview, Homme also revealed that he was originally supposed to perform with Eagles of Death Metal on the night of the Paris terror attacks: “I guess it was my fate to be home and to bring them home,” he said. “Bad things are like a sunset; they dissipate over time. But this is a long sunset. My dearest friends — how will they un-see that?”
He added that working on Post Pop Depression also helped him cope with the aftermath of the tragedy: “The fact that I had this to work on, it saved me”.
Homme and Pop are apparently planning to take the album on the road for a “brief” tour, which unfortunately means that they likely won’t be coming to Australia (but we can still dream).
The pair will make their debut performance together on the next episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Stay tuned for footage!
Watch: Iggy Pop – Lust For Life