As an original member of Queens of the Stone Age, founder of stoner-rock band Earthlings? and current guitarist of Eagles of Death Metal, Dave Catching – owner and resident of famed Joshua Tree, CA recording studio Rancho de la Luna – is lucky to call the most talented people in the industry friends. Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop and PJ Harvey have all recorded at Rancho, as well as others too numerous to list. So it makes sense that Catching would be inspired to collaborate there with some of his most talented friends for his solo debut Shared Hallucinations Pt. 1: Sonic Salutations From the Venerable Vaults of Rancho de la Luna 1972-1984.
Built around a stop/start riff, the feel and tone of lead single "Bought & Sold" featuring The Duke Spirit's Liela Moss will be immediately familiar to fans of Catching's work in Eagles of Death Metal. Collaboration is the bedrock of the album which Catching describes as an homage to the "groovy" compilation albums like Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, saying that it is intended to be listened to as different bands from different periods – evoking a similar spirit, but each possessing its own distinct tone and feel.
In keeping with this concept the album features further contributions from a wide array of Catching's friends and past collaborators including members of R.E.M., The Pixies, Afghan Whigs, Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees and A Perfect Circle.