The new Foo Fighters news is out: their new album is named Sonic Highways, and it has a release date of Aug. 8. It's the band's eighth album and was produced by the band and longtime cohort Butch Vig.
The Sonic Highways recording process was chronicled for the upcoming HBO series, where Dave Grohl and the band takes us on a trip to a number of different recording studios to record the album.
Check out a taste of the Sonic Highways album at the Foo Fighters website.
Consider it an extension of the vibe from his Sound City documentary from last year. That went over well enough that HBO has asked him to document eight more recording studios, to be aired in Winter 2015. The Foo Fighters recorded songs in each studio, as well as Dave interviewing people who have recorded their music in the past and doing footage at the same time.
Sonic Highways was recorded in some of the great studios in the US, including Inner Ear Studios in Washington DC, Steve Albini’s Electrical Studio in Chicago, Studio 606 in Los Angeles and Studio 606 in Los Angeles.
"This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there's something deeper and more musical to it. I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound',"said Grohl about the approach.
So, given Grohl's interest around studio techniques with his Sound City Real to Reel documentary, it's worth pondering what he means by new territory: is he working on new studio techniques with Butch Vig and Steve Albini (who are producing the album), or is the band writing songs in a different way?
Here's what the release details said about Sonic Highways documentary: "Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music and premiering Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m.. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process."
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
06. In The Clear
08. I Am A River