Foo Fighters eighth album and their new HBO documentary series are slated for this fall. The announcement, which came Thursday, May 15, 2014 from Dave Grohl after Paul Brannigan, Grohl’s biographer announced it a day earlier. Released through Roswell/RCA, the album was created in eight cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Nashville, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Austin, recording one song at a renowned studio per city and calling on local legends from the area to contribute with the songs.
The band’s front man, singer/guitarist Dave Grohl will be directing, hosting and producing the yet-to-be-titled documentary and will also interview each of the contributors in the hopes of showing the framework and back-story of each artist and city. Trying a different approach to create the songs for the album, Grohl wrote all lyrics after the final day of every session. He was hoping to allow the whole experience including different personalities and each interview to inspire him through the writing process.
Grohl and band members Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett had the opportunity to record with a diverse group of musicians not only from different regions but also across different genres. Including icons like Kiss’ Paul Stanley, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye and Heart’s Nancy Wilson. During a press release, Grohl stated the documentary is a “love letter to the history of American music.” The HBO documentary series gave the Foo Fighters a chance to identity with the city and artist that lived there by creating a new way of album production.
The series will expand on the Grammy winning, 2013 Sound City documentary, also produced and directed by Dave Grohl, which concentrated on the legendary Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. Brannigan noted that the complete list of studios has not yet been released, but the California studio, Rancho De La Luna, which has been frequented by Queens of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys and Don Zientara’s Inner Ear, Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, studios in Washington, D.C. will all appear.
In regard to the new album, Butch Vig, the producer on the project, released a status update last month, reiterating that they have been working in different locations and they are almost midway through recording. He also said that there was definitely a different sound due to a number of new things tossed in the mix and recording process. The experience would give the record a distinctive sound and feel and although Vig cited it was a challenge, he also felt it was an exciting experience.
The album and the documentary coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary this year, which could have also played a big role in the dedication to both projects. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming stated in a release, “Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious, and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable.” He added that HBO was excited to go on the journey with the Foo Fighters for an “insider’s look at how regional music inspired the band to create their own new music.” While a date has not yet been set, it looks like fans will be getting a wonderful treat from not only the Foo Fighters in regards to their new album, but also with an awesome experience captured in the HBO documentary series.
By Virginia Snowden