Published May 15, 2014Coming off news that Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl is set to host his own HBO series this fall, it's now been confirmed that the band will be timing the release of their next LP with the program.
While details such as the album title or track names have yet to appear, a press release confirms that it will arrive this fall through Grohl's Roswell Records/RCA and was shaped around the television show's premise of travelling to various recording studios around the U.S. The "eight-city odyssey" had them hitting facilities in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC.
The press release states: "Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city-how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns — ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big."
Not all of the recording studio info has been shared, but so far we know that Grohl and the rest of the act travelled to Washington, DC's Inner Ear Studios and Steve Albini's Electrical Studio in Chicago, among others. Guests involved with the project include Heart's Nancy Wilson, the Eagles' Joe Walsh, Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and KISS's Paul Stanley. As previously reported, Butch Vig was brought on board to produce.
Aside from the travelling and guest spots, the album is also noted to have been crafted "in an unprecedented experimental style" due to how Grohl penned the lyrics for each song. According to the press release, "Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process."
The album is also described as "a love letter to the history of American music."
The show and accompanying album come in the wake of Grohl's Sound City documentary, which focused on the long and fabled history of the California recording studio where the drummer had tracked Nirvana's Nevermind. The new show promises to similarly explore the histories of these eight studios. Neither a premiere date for the program or the release date for the LP have been delivered.
The upcoming album, the band's eighth, will mark Foo Fighters' first full-length since 2011's Wasting Light.