Dave Grohl has given his first major interview about the upcoming album from Foo Fighters, telling Billboard that the success of the band’s last effort, 2011’s Wasting Light, gave them an opportunity to experiment on their next project. Grohl explained, “As we were coming down from the success of the last record, I thought, ‘Now we have license to get weird.’ If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, ‘F*** that.'”
Grohl has told us in the past that he keeps his approach to songwriting basic:
“It’s pretty simple with this band. If there’s a melody and there’s a good lyric, then we’ve got ourselves a song in a couple of minutes. If we could throw it together, and get an arrangement together, and put it down on tape, that’s kind of what we do best, you know: that simple, melodic rock that gets stuck in your head.”
- Grohl said that the Foos’ eighth studio album will feature “stadium anthems that startle,” adding that instead of “banging out these big choruses, because that’s what we do, we’re banging them out in the middle of instrumental sections that will take you by surprise.”
- The new album will come out later this year in tandem with a documentary series on HBO that will follow the Foos around as they record tracks for the album at legendary studios in eight different cities around the country.
- The series will also feature Grohl, who is directing it, interviewing artists from each city who also appear on the album, including Joe Walsh, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Gary Clark Jr. and Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen. Grohl previously directed the recording studio documentary Sound City.
- He said, “After making Sound City, I realized that the pairing of music and documentary works well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes for a stronger emotional connection.”
- Grohl added about the series, “It’s basically the history of American music broken down to the cultural roots of each place. Why did Chicago become a blues capital? Why did country go to Nashville? Why did the first psychedelic band, 13th Floor Elevators, come from Austin? How did the second line rhythm make its way to New Orleans? It’s crazy.”
- An official release date for the new Foos album and a premiere date for the series have yet to be announced.