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Eagles of Death Metal take us inside making of 'Zipper Down'

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Chapman Baehler

A quick look at the roster of releases dotting the fall music calendar reveals a general dearth of balls-out rock music coming down the pike. Luckily, like a phoenix rising out of Arizona, the new album from Eagles of Death Metal is on the horizon.

It’s called Zipper Down, and it’s the fourth full-length release from the band formed by mustachioed charisma fountain Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme. It’s been something of a long time coming (their previous outing, Heart On, arrived in 2008), and when EW asked Hughes about the delay, he thought it was better that he show rather than tell. 

In this exclusive video, check out Hughes and Homme re-enacting the scientific process that resulted in the birth of Zipper Down

Though the arrival at the title Zipper Down seems straightforward in that clip, Hughes tells a different story. “Josh was really stuck on calling the album Vagina,” Hughes explains. “He thought it was the only way to be controversial, and I thought it might be the last way to be controversial but it’s also the first way to be lame. In the desert, we have this saying ‘Zipper down.’ It means quiet down, but not literally. It’s more like cool it down. So every time he would say Vagina, I’d be like, ‘Zipper down, dude.’ Finally he goes, ‘Alright, let’s call it Zipper Down.’ Perfect! The evolution of anything is amazing.”

Zipper Down is simultaneously the heaviest, grooviest, and most pop-centric record that EODM has ever produced. It also features a daring cover of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer. “I’m a fan of the cover you’re not supposed to be able to do,” Hughes says. “Have you ever seen that Bugs Bunny cartoon where there’s a pie, and the scent of the pie becomes a hand and it drags Bugs Bunny away by the nose? I’ve seen [‘Save a Prayer’] do that to girls, and that’s why I wanted to do it.”

Zipper Down is in stores Oct. 2. You can pre-order it now on Amazon and iTunes. As a bonus, here’s the official video for “Complexity,” the song you just heard in the clip above. 

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