hmv's Albums of 2014: Foo Fighters
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's Dave Grohl and his merry band of Foo Fighters, will they release a new record in 2014? We hope so...
A little background…
While they've been always been a stellar live band, it felt like the Foo Fighters were in a bit of creative rut before the release of 2011's Wasting Light. 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace had its moments, like 'The Pretender' and 'Long Road To Ruin', but nothing felt vital anymore. Then, as soon as everyone first heard the opening notes of Wasting Light's opener 'Bridge Burning', that all changed.
Wasting Light was a complete triumph and absolute return to form; it felt like the band believed in the record as they began their world tour by playing the album from start to finish. Their resulting tour lasted for 18 further months, including huge gigs at the UK's Milton Keynes Bowl and headlining festivals like T In The Park and Reading/Leeds, eventually the tour wound up at the tail end of 2012 and the band headed off for a nice long break, a break many thought would last for a couple of years.
But no, late last year it emerged that the band were back and working away on a new record, which will hopefully emerge later this year.
What It's Called?
No idea. Dave Grohl and co have been tight lipped on any specific details thus far.
What Will It Sound Like?
Wasting Light was the heaviest record that the band had recorded for quite some time, so it makes sense for them to continue in that vein. However, the band have promised something far more radical for their next record, with Grohl recently telling Rolling Stone that the band were "doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before."
Guitarist Chris Shiflett echoed this, telling Faster Louder: "I’m excited about it. Dave’s got a bunch of new songs and the way that we’re gonna make the new record – like, the approach for it – is going to be pretty fucking fun. And different."
He continued: "I feel like Dave’s always looking for ways – when we go to make records and we tour – to keep things exciting and keep things inspired and fun. I think he’s got some good ideas for this next one." Exciting times!
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
As on Wasting Light, Butch Vig, the man who made Nirvana with Grohl is behind the controls. Tweeting to confirm he's back at work with the band.
Rami Jaffee, keyboardist with The Wallflowers, who has been a live member of the Foo Fighters for the last few years, has also confirmed he's working with the band on their new record.
Last time out Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould, Grohl's former bandmate in Nirvana Krist Novoselic and Tubes singer Fee Waybill all made guest appearances, but, after his almighty guest project Sound City, you'd suspect Grohl might be a bit guested out…
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
All the signs look good for a release in 2014. The band are already confirmed to play live again next month and are hard at work on the record. Hopefully this will emerge by the end of the year.