Yesterday, Iggy Pop and Josh Homme surprised everyone with the announcement that they recorded a new album together called Post Pop Depression, slated to be released on March 18. Then just hours later, the duo made its live debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
With a backing band that consisted of Queens Of The Stone Age/Dead Weather guitarist Dean Fertita, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders (both of whom appear on the album as well), guitarist Troy van Leeuwen and Chavez bassist Matt Sweeney, Pop and Homme tore through a rousing performance of the album’s first single “Gardenia.” Homme’s finger print is definitely all over the song, capturing the slick yet gritty groove we’d expect from a latter-day Queens Of A Stone Age song. Yet Pop’s angst definitely sneaks its way in, and his singing are beautifully complemented by Homme’s backing vocals.
Right before performing the song, Pop and Homme sat down with Colbert to talk about how this collaboration came together (Homme also described the thrill of being roommates with a kimono-wearing Pop during the sessions). Pop and Homme’s performance of “Gardenia” can be seen above, while their interview with Colbert can be seen below. A studio version of “Gardenia” can also be streamed below. As mentioned, Post Pop Depression comes out on March 18 via Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline International.