Split Personality

Revolver 2005
Foos in the studio

Foo Fighters get ready to deliver not one but two new records

Dave Grohl & the rest of the Foo Fighters are holed up inside an old gutted warehouse in the LA suburb of Northridge. They've converted the building into a state-of-the-art recording studio and are in the process of completing the latest release. Make that releases. Because after 10 years and four albums, the Foos are ready to tackle that tried and true watermark of rock-and-roll success, the double album.
"It just makes sense to do something we've never done before," says Grohl. "We thought we'd take advantage of the studio, take advantage of all the music we've written in the last year."
  While more pompous acts might look at the double album's 156 available minutes as an opportunity for musical excess, Grohl and Co, ever the down-to-earth bunch of guys, have instead decided to use their two records to explore the different sides of the band's musical coin. The first disc will feature all acoustic music, while the second will celebrate the band's heavier capabilities. "I either like things really heavy and really obnoxiously loud, or I like things that are quiet and gentle and beautiful," says Grohl. "Usually our records are a combination of both types. This time I thought, rather than try to make an album with songs that are fucking screaming hardcore loud and songs that are acoustic ballads, rather than try and sequence those songs together, why not just make two CDs?"
  Although Foo Fighters have recorded their last three albums in their own space, this is the first time they've built the studio from the ground up. This has provided them with an opportunity to do things exactly the way they want without running up an astronomical bill. "There's no clock on the wall," says Grohl. "You don't feel like there's an open tab just running wild. This took a lot of pressure off the band."
  Even though Foo Fighters had all the time in the world to work in the studio - from a financial point of view, anyway - they nonetheless decided to have all their material written before going in to record. "It helps me to know what the album will sound like," says Grohl. Writing ahead of time has an added benefit, he says. "We usually write during the recording sessions. Sometimes you walk into the studio and you throw down an idea that's spontaneous and new and fresh and exciting. But then you wind up a year later playing it live and you've elaborated on it, you've made it better. So we've done that already in the six months we've had to work on these songs before recording them."
  "This is all sort of new ground for us," continues Grohl. "With all of our records, from the first to the last, we've made music that opens doors to different types of songs. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes."

Words: Rachel Clark   Pics: Lisa Johnson

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