Complexity is the second track to be released from upcoming debut solo record Honkey Kong by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes; it follows on from Boots Electric Theme, a track which was pretty simple to understand but perhaps a little too simple for fans of EODM and the man himself.
The track only extends the electronic route of Honkey Kong, keeping it further away from the well loved sound of Jesse’s main band. Overall, it is a little easier on the ears with the instrumentation a lot less dancefloor intended than Boots Electric Theme, and the vocals of Hughes are actually rather catchy.
What makes me wonder is the contrast between these songs and the material produced on Eagles Of Death Metal’s last album Heart On. Obviously the rhythm infused lyricism is still present, but they appear to have been dumbed down for Hughes’ Boots Electric moniker. Whether or not the lack of Josh Homme in this latest project is a reason for this, Hughes talking about keeping his underwear clean and how easy it was is surely something that should never be discussed in a song ever. There are countless examples within EODM’s discography where Hughes’ words have suited the track perfectly, most notably being Now I’m A Fool, a track which featured on Heart On and add some emotion to it, and even proved that even The Devil is a little bit human.
It just seems that Hughes is slacking a little bit with Honkey Kong. I believe that once the idea of a possible solo record from him perceived many ideas on the RekordsRekords forum that we would expect more of Hughes’ human side, which frankly would have been a much better result than what Honkey Kong is appearing to be. The mix of half-baked beats with Hughes playing a caricature of his caricature, mingling with porn stars and inviting them to play as his ‘live band’ is simply not good enough after witnessing Eagles Of Death Metal’s lineup of Dave Catching, Brian O’Connor and Joey Castillo.