Another date, another piece of news regarding Foo Fighters’ highly-anticipated eighth studio album. Today, the band has confirmed a November release for the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2011’s Wasting Light. It will be released through the band’s own Roswell Records in conjunction with RCA.
As previously reported, Foo Fighters recorded the album in eight studios around the country, which Grohl documented for a forthcoming series on HBO. Though the tracklist spans only eight songs, Grohl said the unique recording process led to the band’s longest record to date, as he “had to take a cinematic approach.” Grohl continued, “Like I couldn’t just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do. The music is a progression or an evolution for sure, but it’s a Foo Fighters record.”
Grohl said the band’s aim was to make “stadium anthems that startle,” adding, “If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, ‘F- that.’” Describing the end result, Grohl said “you’ll recognize Foo Fighters in this record but you’ll also be surprised by us. We’re doing things that we’ve never done before.” He added, “Honestly, there are sections of songs that will really take you by surprise,” suggesting that the album may feature horns from their session in New Orleans. “And then there are choruses that you’ll just recognize as Foo Fighters within the first three seconds.”
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The album was recorded in analog using two 24-track tape machines. Musicians from the various cities the band recorded at will appear on the album, including Gary Clark Jr. (Austin), Eagles’ Joe Walsh (Los Angeles), and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen (Chicago). Grohl also hinted at appearances from Carrie Underwood, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes.
Below, hear a short snippet of the new album in the teaser trailer for Grohl’s HBO show, Sonic Highways.