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Chris Shiflett talks to Kerrang!

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

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.”

Total Guitar review Chris Shiflett’s Fender Telecaster Deluxe

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

Win a copy of ‘Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants’

July 21st, 2010 Comments off

FooArchive have 5 copies of the newly released debut CD by Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants.   If your in the UK & want to be in with a chance of winning one, e-mail fooarchive@gmail.com with the subject line ‘SHIFLETT’ and I’ll pick 5 at random on Saturday.

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants UK release

July 1st, 2010 Comments off

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will release their eponymous debut album on July 12, 2010 on Columbia Records UK 

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a new project from Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United.  Steeped in his love for classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Rolling Stones, The Replacements), this new album is packed with soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs.  The album highlights his talent and versatility not only as a skillful guitarist, but also as a songwriter.  These infectious Americana-laced rock songs are some of the best he’s penned, from the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars of “Get Along” to the pedal steel- and mandolin-lined heartache of “Bandaged,” and from the spry, Old 97s-ian “Baby, Let It Out” to the rueful country swing of “Death March.” 
Shiflett wrote the songs on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008-9, inspiration first striking when a friend asked him to perform at Orange County’s punk-rockabilly Hootenanny festival in 2008.  After re-immersing himself in his Americana and old country music collection to prepare a short set – and then playing a brief acoustic tour with friend Joey Cape of Lagwagon – he began writing what eventually became the new album.  Recorded at the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, this past December and January, the core band on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is Shiflett (vocals, guitar), 606 house engineer John Lousteau (drums, in addition to engineering), and Derek Silverman (keyboards).  The album’s additional instrumentation was performed by an array of fine musicians, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, and Audra Mae on backing vocals. 

Track listing for Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants: 
Helsinki
Get Along
Bandaged
God Damn
Burning Lights
(Joe Strummer cover)
An Atheist’s Player
Not Going Down Alone
Baby, Let It Out
Death March 
  
European Summer tour news will be announced soon.