Review: Eagles of Death Metal charm London crowds at KOKO

Eagles of Death Metal, KOKO London, 17/06/15

“I can’t be the only one that feels this,” says Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes. The fuzzy feeling he’s probably referring to is the one that accompanies the sight of a KOKO crowd hanging on your every guitar note.

Joined by the mighty Josh Homme on drums, the BFFs are full of retro rock ‘n’ roll charm in the capital.  Dishing out tracks from all of their three records, they deliver a solid 18-track set inside the Camden venue. Even with an unexpected cover of Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle With You, there’s no major let up throughout the entirety of proceedings.

“Can I get an Amen?!’ Jesse wails repeatedly. Fans oblige every time; shaking their hips in a fierce ’60s fashion. It’s this release of inhibitions that makes an EODM set so unique in today’s alt.rock scene.

In Eagles mode, Josh Homme is carefree and fearless. Without the singer responsibilities, he looks at ease behind a modest kit, crashing cymbals in support of Jesse’s stage jokes.

With their new record (and first for seven years) Zipper Down, on its way, it certainly feels like these illusive rockers are back for the long-haul. And if tonight is anything to go by, they’re be keeping those hip-shaking beats and mischievous riffs with them.

Eagles of Death Metal will be back to tour the UK in November, tickets go on sale Friday 19 June at 09:00.