Foo Fighters Finish Recording “Massive” Album
Plus preview the band's blistering new song "White Limo."
The Foo Fighters have finished recording their first disc since 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — and Dave Grohl says it’ll be a full-on rock’n’roll assault. “There’s 11 songs and front to back, there’s not one sleepy ballad,” Grohl said in an interview with the BBC, adding that the record is “massive.” The still-untitled album is due out sometime this spring.
The Foos, who are currently mastering the LP in New York City, celebrated the completion of the record by teasing a snippet of the track “White Limo,” which you can hear here. It sounds like Grohl is right: the clip is 10-seconds of blistering noise, with Grohl howling like a banshee over fuzzed-out guitars and thunderous drums.
Expect the album to be a return to the rough, punk sound of early Foos records. The group recorded in Grohl’s garage, without the aid of computers or other high-tech equipment. “The process was so simple,” says Grohl. “We entered into this project with a direction. The first song we started recording, the tape just started shredding.”
As SPIN previously reported, Grohl reunited with producer Butch Vig for the Foos’ latest effort — the first time the pair worked together since recording Nirvana’s Nevermind in 1991. (Grohl’s former Nirvana bandmate, Krist Novoselic, will also be making a guest appearance on the album.) Vig, who’s produced iconic grunge albums by Sonic Youth and the Smashing Pumpkins, had one of his best experiences in the studio this time around. “Butch swears that he’s had more fun making this record than any other record he’s made in his life — that’s a lot of records,” Grohl said.
As they gear up for the release of their album, the Foos are soliciting aspiring directors to direct the album’s first clip. The band is holding a contest called “This Video Sucks,” where they’ll pick 11 up-and-comers who submit a video reel here. The winners’ final effort will air on the FUSE network.