US rock outfit the Foo Fighters have announced the release date for their “as-yet untitled” eighth album. The new album is due out this November through Roswell/RCA, and is a follow up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Wasting Light.
“I’ve pulled up the family tree of American music and exposed its roots to find inspiration for the next Foo Fighters album,” said front-man, Dave Grohl.
The band recorded the album in eight different cities across America – Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC – with “local legends” sitting in with the band on each song. As each city comes with its own history and mood, Grohl refrained from writing lyrics until the final days of each session, allowing them to flow from him organically.
“So once the music and the theme of each city was set, we traveled to each place and spent a week there,” Grohl told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’d get there, start recording and I would just run around town filming and interviewing as many people as I can. I did over 100 interviews. At the end of the week, I’d take all of my transcripts, put them on the floor, sit there with a pen and my journal and I reduce all of these stories into a song. I take from peoples’ backgrounds, anecdotes, the environment – it’s like reporting. It’s musical bungee jumping.”
The album release will be accompanied by their docuseries Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which will chronicle the band’s unconventional recording process. Dave Grohl will act as Director on the series, following his directorial debut in 2013 with Sound City – a documentary about the history of the legendary California recording studio.
The band recently released a teaser for Sonic Highways, where Grohl describes the forthcoming album as a “musical map of America.”
He says: “It all started with the idea of recording in different studios all over the country. Doing something to make it new. You can tie all of these places and people together with these sonic highways.”
The Foo Fighters’s also hinted there may be an Australian tour on the horizon, posting on their Facebook page. “Hey AU/NZ pals… It’s been WAYYY too long“.