Album: Zipper Down
Band: Eagles of Dying Metallic
Manufacturing: Downtown Recordings
Worth: $11.59 (On Amazon)
Josh Homme begins musical initiatives like different individuals make acquaintances, whether or not it’s mainly inventing the style of stoner rock or organising The Dessert Periods, a performers’ collective that gathers in California, or forming a supergroup with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and John Paul Jones (the bass demigod of Led Zeppelin) referred to as Them Crooked Vultures. So, in 2006, when Homme fashioned a band referred to as the Eagles of Dying Metallic with childhood pal Jesse Hughes, individuals assumed they might be tremendous, if not precisely a supergroup. And so they have been vindicated.
EoDM was most just lately within the information for acting at Le Bataclan when the horrific terrorist assaults befell in Paris; they misplaced their merchandising supervisor within the killings. Mockingly sufficient, the band was there (sans Homme, who normally doesn’t do reside performances due to his different commitments) to advertise the self-same album we’re speaking about right here. And although they returned to play with U2 on the everlasting metropolis, the media concentrated extra on the information than the music. Which is a disgrace, on condition that Zipper Down is such ’un.
EoDM’s fourth studio album, Zipper Down, continues the band’s descent into the storage sound, eschewing accepted norms and churning out their very own model of sound, tongue firmly in cheek. To say that the band’s lyrics and musical intent is dirtier than a used motel mattress isn’t precisely an exaggeration. It definitely displays the duo’s “political conservatism and social libertarianism” (mainly the enjoyable Republicans).
As an example, The Reverend, the ultimate tune within the album, speaks about Hughe’s ordainment as a Protestant clergyman, earlier this yr. Nonetheless, the album begins off with Complexity, which regardless of its title is the best monitor within the album, a reasonably simple storage sound with out too many hijinks, whether or not digital or analog. The remainder of the album is equally suffering from phrase and music play, inside jokes and the overall irreverence for something, the band had turn into well-known for.
Our favorite monitor, in actual fact, is the second, Silverlake (KSOFM), primarily based on an prosperous Los Angeles neighborhood, with hipness in recent times. Telling the story of a poor hipster teddy bear unsuccessfully attempting to unsuccessfully speak his means right into a membership, with an choral chorus of “Don’t you already know who I’m”, it may very well be supplanted anyplace on this planet. Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village tonight, anybody?
One other good monitor is their cowl of Duran Duran’s Save a Prayer, albeit Tarantinoed with a spaghetti Western sound. And talking of the sound, that is EoDM’s eccentric finest. Whereas positively influenced by the exhausting rock psychedelia of Queens of The Stone Age (Homme’s different profitable challenge), Zipper Down is inarguably Hughes’s second within the solar. Each musicians have performed each instrument within the album, a soundscape starting from knee slaps to hooks which even Peter Pan would cheer to, tremolos and staccatos; and naturally right here a Wa, there a Wa, in every single place a Wa Wa. And whereas Homme’s self-attested musical schizophrenia pervades the tonality of the music with a melodic distortion, it’s Hughes who actually struts via the playlist vocally, his typically cartoonish tones nonetheless laced with lasciviousness that goes past innuendo. To not say its all about that three-letter-word. So go forward. Allow them to entertain you.