A trailer for the new film American Valhalla was released today. The documentary follows recent musical collaborators Iggy Pop and Josh Homme through last year’s world tour which ended in The Royal Albert Hall in London. Their critically acclaimed collaborative release, Post Pop Depression, also featured Dean Fertita and Matt Helders, drummer for the Arctic Monkeys. Post Pop Depression was Pop’s 17th studio album in his six decade career.
Rather than be tethered to the Stooges, the 70 year-old Pop strove to see what he was capable of as an individual.
Of the album, Pop says in the trailer that he “wanted emotional escape, so I decided to strike out on my own, live and on record, to see what I’m worth.”
“Just hearing his voice. . . I could barely concentrate,” says Homme in the trailer. “I mean, how so you out-rock The Stooges?”
Both Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop claim to have new material in the works.
Queens of the Stone Age finished recording a new album in March but have no release date or album title announced yet. This will be their first release since 2014’s …Like Clockwork. The band took a short break at this time while members worked on side projects and collaborations. these included material for Eagles of Death Metal as well as Post Pop Depression.
Pop has been more tight lipped about his upcoming projects. NME reports that Iggy pop has been working on a new five song album with yet unnamed collaborators. “I will step back at some point,” he told the Graham Norton Show last year. “Another album would be a big undertaking from an old git like me!” (h/t NME)
Fortunately for his fans, that doesn’t seem to be the case yet. Pop claims that many of the musicians he will be collaborating with approached him with the intention of having him as a guest performer rather than doing a full-fledged original album.