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New Music Friday – Eagles Of Death Metal, Simple Creatures, Blackberry Smoke

Get ready Downloaders – it’s New Music Friday!

This week, Eagles Of Death Metal drop a Mary J Blige cover (?!), Simple Creatures release a wacky new video for ‘Adrenaline’, and Blackberry Smoke are here to get you in the chill zone with an awesome acoustic set.

Plus, if that’s not enough, we’ve got Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker‘s Fresh Blood playlist, full of his top picks for the hottest new bands to check out at DL2019.

Go on, jump right in!

eagles of death metal have a ‘family affair’

Heard the latest Eagles Of Death Metal news? Frontman Jesse Hughes is releasing a covers album entitled ‘Eagles Of Death Metal Presents Boots Electric Performing The Best Songs We Never Wrote’. Bit of a mouthful, but we’re hyped.

It’s set to feature covers of KISS, Guns ‘N’ Roses and AC/DC, but the first offering is this cover of Mary J Blige’s classic ‘Family Affair’. Trust us, it works.

simple creatures pump up the ‘adrenaline’ in new video

The music of Simple Creatures – aka Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth – is so infectious that it could literally bring the dead to life. Don’t believe us? Watch their latest video for ‘Adrenaline’, because that’s literally what happens.

In the video the dynamic duo play two bored security guards who are completely oblivious to the mayhem going on in the morgue around them. Wild.

blackberry smoke go acoustic

Country rockers Blackberry Smoke have a treat in store – a three song acoustic set of tracks taken from their 2018 album ‘Find A Light’. It features laid back renditions of ‘Run Away From It All’,  ‘Medicate My Mind’, and ‘Mother Mountain’ and  is exactly what you need to chill out to this weekend. We predict you’ll be wearing cowboy boots by Sunday.

alex baker’s fresh blood

Our pal Alex Baker, from Kerrang! Radio’s Fresh Blood show, has put together  a playlist featuring his top picks for new bands to check out at Download this summer. Here’s what he had to say:

“Download 2019 is coming and as the UK’s rock community gets ready for the most important weekend of the year, I thought I’d infiltrate your minds for a moment to remind you of some of the absolutely unreal newer bands that are playing on the hallowed stages. From the gnarliness of Cane Hill to the unmitigated horror of Conjurer and of course our Finding Fresh Blood Winners PENGSHUi, who are going to tear The Avalanche Stage to shreds on the Friday morning – get stuck in, have a listen and I’ll see you there!”

Catch Eagles of Death MetalSimple Creatures, Blackberry Smoke and loads more at Download Festival on 14th-16th June 2019.

They’ll join headliners Def LeppardSlipknot and Tool in Donington Park plus many more awesome bands from across the globe.