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Eagles of Death Metal
PEACE LOVE DEATH METAL
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Although he handles only drums and vocals in this supergroup of sorts, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme carries a very big stick for the debut recording by Eagles of Death Metal. Like a glam-rock meeting of Little Richard and AC/DC, this band prance and preen through silly falsetto vocals and arresting, big-knuckled beats that revel in the kind of no-holds-barred party fever that real rock abandoned years ago. On the likes of "San Berdoo Sunburn" and "Whorehoppin," Eagles guitarists/vocalists Jesse Hughes and Tim VanHamel play it lowbrow and loose, insinuating blues changes and raucous riffs throughout. And where so many alterna-rock bands claim the usual punk suspects as influences, Eagles go deeper, ripping up old-school rock and roll with archaic intensity. "Stuck in the Metal" parodies Stealers Wheel’s "Stuck in the Middle with You"; "San Berdoo" plods good naturedly over a distorted shuffle blues; "Wastin’ My Time" apes a true Texas blues with clanking beer-hall piano, rumbling tom-tom stomping, bottleneck guitar, and a cartoonish cowbell/snare-drum pattern. Like Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal replace empty attitude and sarcastic style with songs that you’ll still remember when the party’s over.

(Eagles of Death Metal appear this Friday, April 2, with the Minibosses and Pilot to Gunner upstairs at the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call 617-864-EAST.)

BY KEN MICALLEF


Issue Date: April 2 - 8, 2004
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