‘How The Cookie Crumbles’ – the new collaboration between Iggy Pop and legendary Japanese guitarist Hotei is now avalible to hear on Youtube (as below). Opening with a growl, throughout the track gives you a sense of light hearted horror. The facts are ‘How The Cookie Crumbles’ is well written, and features some great guitar hooks, it’s catchy, and is quite refreshing.
“In creating this song, I knew that it needed a vocalist with a strong personality to fully bring it to life, and without a doubt, Iggy was just the man for this. He has such an intensity and an aura about him, and his creative power immediately made this the true rock ‘n’ roll piece I intended.” says Hotei.
The godfather of punk’s inspiration for the lyrics was the earth seen as a ‘cookie’, crumbling away as people destroy the world around them. Iggy says he looked at himself as a “Stray dog in a white man city, looking for love and what goes with it”, and that the chorus “refers to the larger culture of money, power and the threat of violence”. No wonder that Iggy found a sonic soulmate in Hotei, who he says, “has a really good sense of space and drama”.
‘How The Cookie Crumbles’ will be released through Spinefarm Records on June 15th 2015, in the UK and Europe – prior to Iggy’s two Wembley Stadium shows as Special Guest to the Foo Fighters.
Tomoyasu Hotei has sold over 40 million records, and is most known for ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’, instantly recognisable as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. Hotei was also GQ Japan’s ‘Man Of The Year’ last year.
Hotei’s next release will feature a number of major international artists, and will be his first international release. We can expect to see new material this Autumn. We have heard that writing and production credits including Youth (Pink Floyd, Verve), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Paolo Nutini) and Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, the Batman Soundtrack).
“We are delighted to be working with an artist of Hotei’s stature. His achievements to date are considerable and hugely impressive, and in ‘Battle Without Honor…’ he has a track that even people who don’t follow music will instantly recognise. We’re looking forward to an exciting journey ahead.” Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto.
Keep an eye on news of Hotei, as he will be announcing some UK dates later on this year, along with the release of the new album.