From the bowels of the dusty city: Iggy Pop lived in Detroit and Berlin and he created the myth of the New York in the 70s, but he went in the Mojave with Josh Homme (that could be his son) for the first moment of reflection in his life to discover the “post pop depression”. Whatever it means. Because in this 17th glorious album there’s nothing depressing, only the umpteenth cheeky focused declaration of the Iguana, that with his distort face replace in the right location rock&roll things.
The album arrives three years after his last release, Ready to die. He himself looked for Homme, in that period busy with his two projects QOTSA and Eagles of Death Metal, and sent him the lyrics he wrote. So everything started in this way. Iggy said that Homme brought him “in places he has never been before”, while the mind of Queens of the Stone Age echoes him saying: “We had to go in places we’ve never been before. That was the agreement. And we had to go till the end”. Third collaborator for the album is Matt Helders, from Arctic Monkeys at the drum.
The post pop depression is a simple and radical sound, with homages to David Bowie (Gardenia and Sunday seems to come out from Station to Station), celebrations to the obscurity (German Days, Paraguay) and bursts of a disturbing energy that Iggy, at the age of 68 seems to bring out from an unlimited reserve.
The match between generations with Homme works: the giant of QOTSA uses the desert isolation to make a clean sweep around the magnificent presence of Iggy and builds around him a machine to crank out with the essential guitar of Dean Fertita and Matt Helders drum. “I’ve nothing but my name” says Iggy at the end of American Valhalla, and plays more than ever like a monument that found a way to be once again actual.
The band will promote live the releasing with a tour starting the next 15th of March at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas: the only shows of the band – that see, namely, the ex Stooges accompanied by Homme, Helders and Fertita – expected in Europe today are:
Stockholm – 4th of may / Frederiksberg, Denmark – 5th of May / Berlin- 7th of May / Amburg – 8th of May / Amsterdam – 10th of May / London – 13th of May / Paris – 15 th of May / Werchter, Belgium – 30th June
To go on with my path I need new artistic goals, new professional incentives. I have to destroy the sleazy and consumistic image they sewd up on me. Iggy Pop
TRACKLIST of “Post pop depression”
Break Into Your Heart
In the Lobby