NME asked Chris, alongside members of Sonic Youth, Ash, Primal Scream and The Buzzcocks, for help in compiling ‘The Ultimate Clash CD’. Here’s what Chris went for:
THIS IS RADIO CLASH (1981, CBS)
“Musically, it was such a blend of things that were going on that time and it still sounds modern.”
Fans warned to watch small stages for suprise gigs
Last year, after Foo Fighters played their biggest ever gig in Hyde Park, Dave Grohl warned us he’d be disappearing for a while.
“I know! That’s usually what happens. At the end of the tour we’re all pretty tired, but after the rock portion of the touring we went out and played a bunch of acoustic shows in smaller theaters and that really inspired us to keep playing and writing.”
Another summer of festivals.
“I know man. I feel like we’re the fucking house band in Britain. I’ll tell you we have some tricks up our sleeves for these festivals. I don’t want to give away any suprises and I know we’re playing the big stages, but you might want to keep an eye on the side stages too.”
New album, new songs.
“At this point we’re talking about the album coming out in September. But we were asked toplay these gigs, and it was around the time of release, almost like the ‘One By One’ period. That album came out soon after we played the festivals, and it’s tricky when you go to play a festival before an album comes out. You haven’t really introduced your new material to an audience. One the ‘One By One’ tour I remember there was this big concern and debate about it. I don’t think ‘All My Life’ had even dropped as a single. but I thought, ‘Man, this song is so fucking badass we have to come out and blow the doors right off the gate with it’. We did, and it was stellar, so we’re in the same boat this time. We’re going to be playing shows just before an album comes out and that’s why we’d like to make the gigs a lot more special than just us up on a big stage again. It’s going to be fucking fun!”
Recording the new album.
“While we were doing those acoustic tours I just went through this prolific phase where I started writing and demoing songs, so that by December last year Taylor Hawkins and I had recorded about 40 songs. A lot of them were complete songs. I have a daughter now who is a year old, and around the same time I was looking for a school for her – in Los Angeles you have to start looking for good schools really early because it’s crowded – and I realised that time flies. If I didn’t get another album out of my system before she gets into school then I’m going to be away from home a lot without her. So I figured that we have the record, we have the songs, we might as well go in and do it.
I’m not good at time off. There’s nothing I’d rather do than play. We were really supercharged from the big shows we did for the rock set and even more inspired by the acoustic shows, so it just drove me right back into the studio. Now we only have two weeks left, we’ve almost finished the record.
The album is coming along great, Gil did ‘The Colour And The Shape’ for us, so we have a great relationship with him. When we get together great things happen. I think there’s a power and intensity on this album that we haven’t tapped into before. It sounds like a Foo Fighters record but pretty badass – i’d imagine the new songs turning those festivals into riots – it’s gonna be good.”
Dave is among the many musicians who hand-painted a guitar as a contribution to Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute
Bid on the guitar on eBay.
Foo Fighters tech BB has posted an update and pics from Studio 606 on his website. And from the whiteboard in this pic, it looks like the following are working titles for newly recorded songs:
Let It Die
Once & For All
Cheer Up Boys
Long Road To Ruin
Also, from the headshots running along the top of the board it looks like this album will feature additional musicians (including keyboardist Rami Jaffee).