Hughes Pays Tribute To Queens, Strokes
With the Eagles Of Death Metal sophomore effort "Death by Sexy" released last month, the group plans to support it with roadwork for the foreseeable future.With the Eagles Of Death Metal sophomore effort "Death by Sexy" released last month, the group plans to support it with roadwork for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, the group's singer/guitarist, Jesse "J. Devil" Hughes, says he has a few additional projects up his sleeve.
First reported here last September, Hughes has recorded another installment of his "Pair of Queens" series, pays tribute to Queens Of The Stone Age tracks by covering two of the Josh Homme-led band's songs (Homme also appears on "Death by Sexy").
But following a tour with the Strokes earlier this year, Hughes was inspired to cover a pair of the New York band's tracks as well.
"I recorded two Strokes covers and two Queens covers that I'm going to release," Hughes tells Billboard.com. "[For] the second 'Pair of Queens' I did two songs from 'Lullabies To Paralyze': 'Broken Box' and 'I Never Came.' That's one of the greatest Queens songs -- that song makes me want to cry, y'know?
"And the Strokes, I'm going to leave that as a surprise, because I don't want to spoil that one," he adds. "But I was so overwhelmed and impressed with the Strokes on tour with them that I had to write music about them, and I had to cover their songs." Both are planned to be released in the next six months –- possibly via Homme's Rekords Rekords label.
Another much-discussed project that will be finally released around the same time will be Hughes' solo debut, "Fabulous Weapons."
"It's mostly my hillbilly influence," he admits. "It still rocks, but it would clearly be in the vein of 'Beggars Banquet' Rolling Stones. It's roots -- I'm a Carter Family fanatic, that's kind of what I grew up on, so it's more harmony-based, more single guitar lines. It's more like a gospel choir set-up."
Hughes also doesn't rule out solo dates. "I'll play shows -- we'll see what kind of a tour is warranted," he says.
And despite the fact that "Death by Sexy" is still fresh in the racks, Hughes has already gotten a head start on the next Eagles Of Death Metal album.
"I've mostly written the third record," he explains. "The songs sound kick ass because it's the third phase in a three phase plan, but I'm sworn to secrecy not to talk too much about that. It's Joshua and I of course, as core always, and it will most likely include Brian 'Big Hands' O'Conner [bass] and Dave Catching [guitar]. Once we get to that stage, the music starts dictating who plays."