UPDATE: American Valhalla will hit U.S. theatres on July 11th.
Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme marvels at the gravity of producing Iggy Pop in the debut trailer for American Valhalla, a documentary detailing the collaborative process behind Pop’s 2016 solo LP, Post Pop Depression.
“When [Pop] texted me about recording together, I was just like [explosion noise],” Homme says in the clip. “You’re in the Stooges. I’m in Queens. And those are heavy things.” The Queens singer adds that his aim with producing the LP wasn’t to “blend” two generations of rock or “out-rock the Stooges.”
The trailer highlights that creative collision, incorporating snippets of studio sessions (also featuring Queens guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders) and promotional tour. Pop admits that, prior to the solo venture, his career had become “a slave to his band [the Stooges].” And by uniting with Homme, he pursued an “emotional escape” in order to gauge his own creative worth.
Pop recently collaborated with Danger Mouse on the spaghetti-Western-styled “Gold,” the title song from Stephen Gaghan’s new thriller film. Queens of the Stone Age reportedly finished mixing their follow-up to 2013’s …Like Clockwork in April, though the band has yet to officially announce the LP.