Garage rock group Eagles of Death Metal appeared in the USA in 1998. The project came to life thanks to the member of Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme, and his friend Jesse Hughes. The young men attended the same school and played football together. With time, they went their separate ways. Homme became a musician and formed his own band, Kyuss. Jesse finished college and decided to be a reporter.
After some time, the two friends reunited. Jesse was going through a tough period after divorcing his wife. Homme tried to prevent his friend from getting depressed and offered him to take up music. In 1998, the young men started jamming together. Hughes played the guitar and sang while Josh played the drums, bass guitar, and other instruments. They called the duo Eagles of Death Metal, even though their music had little to do with death metal. Initially, the artists played true garage rock, which was created under the influence of The Rolling Stones music.
In one of the interviews, Jesse talked about the origins of the group’s name. One of his friends was trying to explain the benefits of the death metal and played several songs by Vader. Josh noted that the music sounded like Eagles playing death metal.
After some time, Josh said that initially, the group planned to mix bluegrass guitar, drums, and vocals that were similar to Canned Heart’s. In 1998, the duo was part of Homme’s project The Desert Sessions. Later, the musician got involved with Queens of the Stone Age, and the group went on a hiatus.
Five years later, in 2004, the band got back together. Almost immediately, the musicians recorded an album, Peace, Love, Death Metal. The lyrics were mostly created by Hughes. Only the track "Stuck in the Metal" was borrowed from Stealers Wheel. The album was recorded at AntAcidAudio.