In November 2015, Eagles of Death Metal became more well known than they have ever been over the course of their entire career. Tragically, this came on account of their gig at Le Bataclan in Paris becoming the target of one of the multiple terrorist attacks that took place on November 13th. In the wake of that horrific night, after the band had been able to take stock of what had happened and who they’d lost, Eagles of Death Metal spoke with Vice about their individual experiences of the attack in a heartbreaking interview.
Feeling like they needed to do something, anything, to help those affected by the Paris attacks, and in many ways to affirm their love and appreciation for the fans who attended that gig and lost people they loved, the band decided to use this newfound position in the wider public consciousness to do what they could. One of the first decisions they made was to donate all royalties from their cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer’ to charity after fans started a campaign to get the track to number one. Inspired by this, Duran Duran also pledged their royalties for the track to charity.
Following on from this, the band opted to do the same for their track ‘I Love You All the Time’ from their latest album, Zipper Down. While doing so, Eagles of Death Metal have also been encouraging bands and artists alike to cover the track and contribute their version to a series of releases of cover versions with proceeds going to Sweet Stuff Foundation’s ‘Play It Forward’ campaign; set up to aid all the victims of the Paris attacks.
Many artists have delivered their own take on the track for the campaign, including acts as diverse as Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Savages, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Eat World, Mini Mansions, and Imagine Dragons, among others. However, this week’s Single of the Week is easily the most striking and emotionally impacting take on the track. Having completely transformed it from a quite fun and mellow rock track, that manages to be sentimentally a ballad but aesthetically a cocksure strutter, Chelsea Wolfe’s rendition is almost painfully beautiful in its atmosphere.
Wolfe’s version strips everything away and rebuilds the track as an ethereal expression of pure longing and loss. In their new context, both of Wolfe’s cover version and the tragedy that brought it about, the song’s lyrics in a number of places take an altogether more poignant, pained, and tragic meaning. A genuinely stunning but heartrending take on the track.
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