The new project that finds the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, teaming up with Queens Of The Stone Age lead singer, Josh Homme entitled Post Pop Depression, has proven itself to be the therapeutic collaboration we all need. It comes in the wake of the Paris shootings at an Eagles Of Death Metal (one of Homme's many side projects) show and the death of one of Iggy's oldest and dearest friends and collaborators, David Bowie. If the project's title wasn't enough of a clue, the music that has been released so far points at it being more of a passion project than a traditional rock supergroup (i.e. Them Crooked Vultures).
Josh Homme, who not only provided guitar for but also produced the album, says they're aiming for something similar to the two Bowie produced Iggy Pop solo albums Lust For Life and The Idiot, which just so happen to be my two favorites of his solo career. So far, two singles from the album have been released, "Gardenia" and "Break Into Your Heart," both of which indicate the return to form we were promised.
I'll be honest, as a fan of both musicians, this album is exactly what I need. Ever since my borderline religious experience in the front row of Iggy's show at Riot Fest in Denver this summer, I have been yearning for new material from him in any form. And since 2012's Ready To Die, which found Iggy reuniting with the Stooges, there has been a definite void in my heart that only Iggy could fill; with occasional guest spots (like the spoken word track "Stray Dog" on New Order's Music Complete) not quite cutting it.
As someone who bought the new Eagles Of Death Metal album Zipper Down the day it came out after being wowed by Boots Electric's live show (in spite of Homme's absence), I had a great deal invested in the band long before the Paris incident. As a frequent concert-goer, in the wake of the Paris shootings, I found myself genuinely rattled. It shocked me that a band that so heavily emphasized fun (sex, drugs and rock n' roll) were the target of such hatred. But maybe now the best thing to do would be to just look forward, past this Post Pop Depression and into a brighter future.