This weekend at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Dave Grohl revealed details about the new Foo Fighters album, which is set to be released in November. This will be the eighth studio album by the Seattle rock band, who has not yet revealed the forthcoming release’s title.
One of Reverb’s most anticipated albums of 2014, Grohl said the band has recorded a different song in eight different cities, with a local legend sitting in. Grohl also avoided writing words for the song until the very last day of each session, to more fully incorporate his experiences with their chosen legend at each studio. The album was also recorded using two 24-track tape machines, he said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
The album will be released to coincide with Grohl’s other project: an HBO documentary series, “Foo Fighers: Sonic Highways.” The series and the upcoming album are an extension of his 2013 Grammy-winning documentary “Sound City,” which he directed and produced himself. The documentary highlights different recording studios across America — the eight studios used in the untitled album, according to Consequence of Sound. The series will delve into each of the studios, the cities in which they exist, their histories and the local personalities in which Grohl has found inspiration. Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers and Carrie Underwood may also contribute. “Sonic Highways” will premiere on the band’s 20th anniversary.
While the album will only have eight tracks, Grohl told the Hollywood Reporter that it will be the longest Foo Fighters album to date. He also took a jab at Radiohead in an interview with Billboard, saying he actively avoided making a “crazy, bleak Radiohead record [that would] freak everyone out.” The album will be released via the Foo Fighers’ own label Roswell Records and RCA.
James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGarciaRH.