With over 80 records between them, the members of Household Gods are no strangers to making records. However, Palace Intrigue, recorded at Joshua Tree’s Rancho De La Luna studios and produced by the imitable Dave Catching is very special. Creation for the act of creation, in an environment designed for it. Yes, the same studio that housed so many of the Desert Sessions and produced work like Iggy Pop’s Post-pop Depression has again been the staging ground for something very special.
No expectations, no rules, no problem.
The parties involved? David Pajo of Slint, Papa M, Zwan and many others. Vern Rumsey of the mighty Unwound, Conan Neutron of Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends and Replicator and Lauren K. Newman (LKN) of Palo Verde and LKN Band.
How did this happen? Irrelevant. It did. Every once in awhile something cool happens for it’s own sake, not because somebody is trying to make a buck or work an angle.
Something special was created, and it was creation for the act of creation and nothing more. Sounding a little bit like the previous work of all involved, and a little bit like something totally different. Unfortunately, the entire enterprise took in a different feel in December 4th, 2019 as Lauren K. Newman. (LKN) passed away due to complications due to advanced Chrohn’s disease. The record was finished up and released to the world, now in part as a memorial to LKN’s life and work as much of anything else.
Will there be live shows? Will there be more records?
Nobody can say.
For now, take comfort in the 10 slices of strange, unique creative blasts straight from the wide-open spaces of Joshua Tree and revel in the Palace Intrigue.
Vinyl copies are available through Greyday Records