‘Rope’–the single that Rolling Stone ranks #1 on its current Hot List and hails as a “hairy-testicled, devil-dicked atomic beast”–has become the first full taste of Foo Fighters’ upcoming Wasting Light to impact the internet and the airwaves. The song is currently streaming at rope.foofighters.com and on the band’s Facebook page.
‘Rope’ is out now in the UK [purchase on iTunes UK here] & in the US it will be available beginning March 1 both as a digital single and as an instant grat with iTunes pre-orders of Wasting Light.
Dave Bookman from Toronto’s 102.1 The Edge took a call from Dave recently & here are the points of interest:
- On reuniting with ‘Nevermind’ producer Butch Vig: “He’s an exception in the music industry; he’s honest, he’s mellow, he’s grounded, he’s cool and he’s really good at what he does.”
- On choosing analogue over more up-to-date methods of recording: “I didn’t wanna bang out something really quick that’d help us sell t-shirts in an arena. I wanted to do something that had a little more depth to it than that.”
- On calling this the band’s best album: “It’s hard for anyone to swallow that pill because we’ve made seven albums, been around 15 or 16 years. But I tell you – if this album came out in 1997 this would be the record everyone calls the best record.”
- The reasons for calling the record ‘Wasting Light': “We’re only here for a certain amount of time, we’re lucky to be here, we’re lucky to be alive, lucky to be a band. I don’t take any of this for granted. Even the smallest things, the simple things. I feel like there’s so much to do, there’s so much to look forward to that I don’t want to spend all my time looking backwards, I want to go forwards.”
The interview also covered the Foos ideology as a band, disco drumming, how working with Them Crooked Vultures inspired the new album & Dave’s experience of mixing with Alan Moulder. Download the full phonecall HERE.
With Rope as his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ Zane Lowe caught up with the band for a brief chat and here’s what was discussed:
- Rope is about 3 years old and was written at sounchecks during the ESP&G tour.
- Dave’s Godlike Genius award from NME has made him the subject of much teasing from the band.
And that was about it – it really was a brief chat because a full and proper interview will be played out when the album is released.
Zane Lowe – 7pm, February 23rd, Radio One.
Zane catches up with the band;
Gonzo, 8pm, 25th February, MTV Rocks.
The band will also be interviewed by Alexa Chung and face viewers questions ; http://www.mtv.co.uk/shows/gonzo-with-alexa-chung/
T4 at the NME Awards – 11.25am, 26th February, Channel 4.
Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw go backstage at the awards ceremony to talk to the winners and losers, and introduce performances by Foo Fighters, with Godlike Genius winner Dave Grohl, and Arcade Fire.
The NME Awards – 11.20pm, 26th February, Channel 4.
Shooting Stars panellist Angelos Epithemiou hosts the music awards ceremony, and there are backstage reports by Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw. With performances by Arcade Fire, PJ Harvey, and Godlike Genius recipient Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters.
An new press release has revealed the title and track listing of Foo Fighters’ upcoming seventh full length studio album. Wasting Light will be released April 11 (UK) April 12 (US) by Roswell/RCA and will consist of the following tracks:
Back & Forth
A Matter Of Time
Miss The Misery
I Should Have Known
First single “Rope” will be available beginning March 1 both as a digital single and as an instant grat with the iTunes pre-order of Wasting Light.
Steve Gullick snapped the band numerous times for Melody Maker & now he’s taken the press shots for the upcoming album:
See more of Steve’s work here: http://www.gullickphoto.com/finder.html
NME Icons: Dave Grohl is on shelves from today, and although 90% of the magazine is re-printed interviews there are a few things of interest, including Josh Homme’s intro & the full page teaset for album #7.
South By Southwest’s ‘Film Week’ is March 11-19 2011, and it’s 24 Beats Per Second programme “Showcases the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.” Which is probably why ‘Foo Fighters’ is getting it’s world premier there.
The film takes us on the 16 year journey of the Foo Fighters, from Dave Grohl and Pat Smear’s surviving the aftermath of Nirvana to Dave, Pat, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett’s rise to the top of the charts and the stages of stadiums worldwide. … These Days builds from day one to the creation of their new album – recorded in 100% analog. No computers, no software – just a band recording an album to tape in Dave Grohl’s one-car garage.
Director: James Moll
Producer: Nigel Sinclair, Alex Brunner, Glen Zipper, Michele Farinola
Cast: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Butch Vig, William Goldsmith
Cinematographer: Harris Done
Editor: Tim Calandrello
Sound: Joe Crabb
Music: Foo Fighters
View the full press release HERE
Foo Fighters have issued a new press release that confirms an April 12th release in the US (11th in the UK). Here’s the release in its entirety:
FOO FIGHTERS TEASE SECOND SNIPPET OF NEW ALBUM AT http://www.foofighters.fm
APRIL 12 RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED
MORE LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED
With the recently leaked snippet of opener “Bridge Burning” having surpassed 500,000 plays in one week, Foo Fighters have now unleashed a second morsel of hard rock goodness from their upcoming seventh studio album, out April 12 on Roswell/RCA.
FF fans jonesing for another several seconds of new material should head posthaste to http://www.foofighters.fm and move the virtual tuner to 101.5 for this new taste.
The album received its first public airing at a surprise gig Friday, January 28 at the minuscule Velvet Jones club in Santa Barbara, where the band ripped through the entire record from start to finish–and followed up with a crushing live collection of greatest hits and rarely played deep cuts including “Wattershed” from the band’s self-titled 1995 debut.
In other live FF news, the band has announced its first U.S. show (so far) of 2011: a May 21 headlining appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, February 2, and will be available via http://Hangoutmusicfest.com or 888-512-SHOW. The show is the second of many domestic dates to be announced in an upcoming world tour, the first being a May 27 appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA. Other recently announced FF dates abroad include headlining appearances at the UK’s Isle of Wight, the Netherlands’ PinkPop, Wulheide Stadium in Berlin, and numerous others across the UK and Europe including an already sold out 130,000 capacity July 2 & 3 headline “weekender” at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK.
Foo Fighters’ still untitled seventh album, produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home in California’s San Fernando Valley. The new record also marks the Foo Fighters’ first full length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, who produced new tracks “Wheels” and “Word Forward” on 2009’s Greatest Hits and with whom Dave Grohl (of course) first worked on Nirvana’s classic Nevermind. Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic also makes a cameo, contributing bass and accordion to “I Should Have Known,” while former Nirvana touring guitarist and longtime extended FF family member Pat Smear now joins the permanent FF core of Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett.