Great news for Oppikoppi pilgrims and lovers of good Rock music in South Africa is that American garage rock / alternative rock band the Eagles of Death Metal have been confirmed for the Oppikoppi Sweet Thing line-up this year. Eagles of Death metal hail from Palm Desert, California. The band was formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (who are the only two members of the band). The live band consists of 4 extra members (who join the band during live performances).
Over the years Eagles of Death Metal have released 3 albums: Peace, Love, Death Metal (in 2004), Death by Sexy (in 2006) and Heart On (in 2008). The industry sees the band as a garage rock / alternative rock band, but in a 2003 interview Josh Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals.” According to Wikipedia, the members wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like in the early years of the band.
Eagles of Death Metal are the 2nd international act to be confirmed for Oppikoppi Sweet Thing. Bullet for my Valentine (from Wales in the UK) was confirmed as the first. To get your ticket to South Africa‘s premier music festival, head on over to the Standard Bank youth portal for your discounted R600 tickets. They supplement each ticket for the fans and you DO NOT have to be a Standard Bank client to make use of this service. You can also obtain tickets on the Oppikoppi Festival Facebook page for R700 or for R750 from Ticketbreak.
If you were wondering, how this band sounds like, check out the video for their single “I want you so hard” below. The song has received considerable attention on Pretoria rock station Tuks FM over the last few years:
What do you think of this band? Drop me a comment and let me know if you think that Eagles of Death Metal has what it takes to please the Oppikoppi Sweet Thing crowd in August this year. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.
Quite a few acts have already been confirmed for this years festival: Shadowclub, Bittereinder, Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Haezer, Thieve, Dance You’re On Fire, The Anti Retro Virals, Shortstraw, Sibot, Shotgun Tori, Jeremy Loops, the Make-Overs, PH Fat, aKING, Catlike Thieves, Bullet for my Valentine, Eagles of Death Metal, Baskerville, Lilly Million, BEAST, The Black Cat Bones and The Kiffness.
Oppikoppi Sweet Thing is going to rock our socks off if you ask me. I will be making my way to the farm for my 14th festival this year and I’m really looking forward it to it. Watch this space for more updates about the festival (as they are released). Remember that you get all our news and announcements about the festival via the Oppikoppi Festival Facebook page or via @oppikoppifest on Twitter.
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