THE WEEK THE FOOS TOOK OVER
INTIMATE SHOWS, A RUN OF WEMBLEY DATES AND… OBAMA?! FOO FIGHTERS STRIKE BACK!
Last week saw the Foo Fighters return to the UK… and what a return – holy shit! Or should that be The Holy Shits?
Under their alter ego, the Foos crammed themselves into Brighton’s Concorde 2 for the sweatiest gig of all time, blasted the fresh paintwork off London’s House Of Vans and totalled the Islington Assembly Hall. Not content with all that and playing the Olympic Park, Dave Grohl also called the smaller shows a “chance to see [fans’] faces before we play that week at Wembley Stadium”. That’s a potential week of Foos Wembley shows in 2015!
And, just as exciting as that, new album Sonic Highways’ November 10 release is looming ever closer. Yet still all we know about the record is what we’ve seen in a star-studded, three and-a-half-minute trailer for the accompanying HBO documentary series (hello, Obama, Dolly Parton, Pharrell and loads of others).
So, in the midst of their week that rocked the UK, we hung out with Foos guitarist Chris Shiflett to talk about the new album, billed by Dave Grohl himself as “a love letter to the history of American music” and the coast-to-coast journey they took to make it…
HI, CHRIS! HOW DID THE CONCEPT OF RECORDING IN EIGHT DIFFERENT CITIES START?
“Dave [Grohl] had that idea; what evolved was how many cities. We were even planning Europe, South America – we wound up sticking to the States.”
DID YOU GET TO KNOW ANY OF THE PLACES YOU VISITED?
“Yeah, we explored the cities, made friends and figured out where the good restaurants and coffee places were. It was great!”
WAS RECORDING THE TRACKS ON LOCATION A LOT OF PRESSURE, THEN?
“It never felt like that. Dave would write the lyrics the day before, based on his time in the city and the interviews that he did.”
THE TRAILER FOR THE ALBUM’S HBO DOC IS AMAZING – DID YOU ALL MEET OBAMA?
“Only Dave met Obama; we didn’t go this time. It was in a secure location – you’re not high-fiving the president (laughs)!”
SO, HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE HBO EPISODES YET?
“Yeah. the HBO show is turning out really fascinating. Being on the show will make it so even people like my mum’s friends will know the Foos!”
YOU’RE STILL BREAKING NEWGROUND ON ALBUM EIGHT…
“Yep. Every time we put out an album I think to myself, ‘How are we going to top that?’ Maybe next time we’ll record in a city all over the world.”