Posts Tagged ‘Butch Vig’

Foo Fighter’s 8th LP rumour round-up

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

On Monday Morning I tweeted the following piece from the latest issue of Billboard:

Unsubstansiated at the time but it’s certainly a grand enough idea to match up with what Dave was hinting at last year:

“I’ve a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it. It’s not conventional. It won’t be a conventional record.” – March, 2013

“Well, I’ll tell you, we have been in our studio writing and in the past few weeks we’ve written an album and we are going to make this album in a way that no-one’s ever done before and we’re pretty excited about it,” he admitted.
“It’s a little ways off – it’s not ready to happen right now but I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters without question.
“It’s going to be great, I can’t wait.” – August 2013

Since then weight has been given to the ’12 studios in 12 cities’ rumours after a flurry of FF activity in Chicago  – Nate caught a Diarrhea Planet/Yuck show, Taylor did some sightseeing, Dave rode the subway & the whole band got Pizza with Rick Nielsen.

But what about actual recording? Well, Butch Vig (Wasting Light’s producer) also happened to be in Chicago as was James Brown (Wasting Light’s engineer) who took this pic of Rami Jaffee photoboming him:

In what looks very much like Studio A of Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, (Bob Mould’s bassist also posted a pic to twitter in what looks like the studio) while Sound City’s producer Jim Rota has also on-hand with a camera crew (a post on Reddit said Dave was being filmed while on the CTA train).

So from Billboard’s “definites” list that’s Chicago covered, any hometown sessions in LA could have passed without word getting out, Robert Lang Studios in Seattle saw a visit from Dave last year – could that mean a session there?  Will the New York recording coincide with the band’s Superbowl gig on Feb 1st?  And could the suggestion that Nashville is another destination also be true?

Regardless.  It’s an exciting time for those of us desperate to hear new music – roll on LP#8.

Taylor talks Butch, Butch talks Sound City

May 9th, 2012 Comments off

The latest issue of Rhythm carries a Butch Vig cover feature and Taylor Hawkins is one of the artists who talk about their experience recording with Butch:

Butch also told the magazine about the Sound City project:

He was however a little less forthcoming on Jo Whiley’s show last night (May 8th), Jo tried to push him for the names of  the latest participents involved but he kept quiet saying he’d revealed too much in the past.  He did however say that Dave has already spoken to 150 of the artists who used the studio and the film looks scheduled for release in January/February 2013.

Butch Vig talks ‘Wasting Light’ to Esquire.

April 11th, 2011 Comments off

Esquire UK’s May issue has a short Q&A with Butch about his recent work on Wasting Light;

The man who produced Nevermind and the latest Foo Fighters album, Butch Vig, on driving cabs and making millions.

You are back with Dave Grohl and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic for the first time in two decades for this record. What was that like?
It was intense. Krist was guesting on the album and he’s standing there saying “Hey how’s it going?” My brain is going “Holy shit! We haven’t been in a room together for almost 20 years.” Dave opens up a bottle of wine, a friend had sent me a bottle of bootleg whiskey, we start sipping on that, and just sat down and told stories. We were there until about 2 in the morning. It was powerful, all those memories come flooding back

You recorded in Dave’s garage. Are times hard?
Dave set up a tent in the backyard so it was very much like being in the UK at a festival. His daughters would wander in whenever they felt like it. The environment is one of those things that you can’t always put your finger on, but it directly affects the performances and sound. Something about the loose vibe there really translated to the tracks: they weren’t uptight, they just played great.

Which was the hardest track to lay down?
The second to last song ‘I Should’ve Known’ which is one of my favourite songs on the record. Definitely the darkest – I don’t know exactly what the lyrics are about, but I think that Dave is channelling the ghost of Kurt Cobain in there.

Do you ever regret swap and your piano for that $60 drum kit?
No, but I do regret stopping piano lessons. I can still play the piano poorly, cords and melodies. But I wish I’d kept my chops up. As a producer its helpful to be able to quickly figure things out on piano or guitar when you’re working on an arrangement.

As a former cabbie to you ever give taxi drivers shit?
No, never. They are the unsung heroes of the urban environment.