Dave Grohl Says New Foo Fighters Album Is All About Reinventing The Process
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.11.2014
He's doing things differently...
In an interview with Billboard, Dave Grohl spoke about the Foo Fighters' upcoming eighth album and his new eight-part documentary series for HBO, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.
He said he loves to play music at any time, which led to him sitting in with a cover band at a dive bar near his house in Encino earlier this week, "just because I didn't want to go to bed at 10 o'clock."
His new series will debut in October and is tied to the band's new album in November. Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will visit studios in eight cities and record one song in each location. Grohl will interview musicians tied to the cities, including Buddy Guy, Dolly Parton, Chuck D, Gibby Haynes, Allen Toussaint and Gary Clark Jr. He said: "These recording studios are hallowed ground; they're churches and monuments to me. History has been made in (dives) all over the country."
The episodes are set in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. He chose the locations for their connections to the band. Big local musicians will sit in with the band for the songs. Grohl said he waited until the last day of each session to write the lyrics, hoping he would be inspired by the experience and interviews.
He added: "We could just go make another record in the studio, hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts. It's all about reinventing the process."
He will direct each episode, as he did with the documentary Sound City. That film won him a Grammy and focused on the studio in Los Angeles where he recorded as a drummer for Nirvana.
Grohl directs each episode, like he did with last year's Grammy-winning documentary film "Sound City," about a studio in suburban Los Angeles where he did his first major recording session as drummer for Nirvana