NEW FOO FIGHTERS SINGLE SOUNDS LIKE . . . RUSH?
The new Foo Fighters single, called "Rope," won't arrive at rock radio stations until the morning of February 23rd, but Explore Music had a chance to preview the track. The site's Alan Cross wrote that the song sounds like "in a word, Rush," adding, "The interplay between guitars, bass and drums could be an instrumental bit from (1977 Rush album) A Farewell To Kings or bits of "La Villa Strangiato" from (1978's) Hemispheres, complete with multi-part drum breaks and quick shifts in time signature . . . It's certainly a very bold move for a first single."
Cross also says, "This is Dave (Grohl)'s call, too. Sure, they could have gone with a 'Learn To Fly'-style radio-friendly first single, but Dave overruled that, insisting that they go with 'Rope' because it better captures the vibe of the recording sessions. (But don't worry; there are plenty of radio-friendly quintessential Foos on the the CD.)"
Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel told us a while back how the band's songwriting process works: "It's really been pretty consistent over the years. Dave writes the songs, and about half the time he'll do a demo on his own, and the other half of the time he'll come in and just play it on guitar. Then (he) shows it to the band and then we sit around and play it and figure out, you know, what kind of song is it gonna be. Is it a country song? Metal song? You know, what the dynamic is, arrangement, tempo, that kind of stuff. We help him finish it out."
The new Foo Fighters album, their seventh and first since 2007, is due for release on April 12th and was produced by Butch Vig.
The band has yet to announce a title for the record, which was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage on old-fashioned analog tape.
Foo Fighters have played two secret shows in the last two weeks, one in Santa Barbara and one in Los Angeles, at which the band played the entire new album from start to finish. More surprise gigs are possibly on the way.
The group has confirmed several festival dates both in the U.S. and abroad but has not yet unveiled full tour plans behind the new CD.