Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Announces Debut Album with the Birds of Satan, Gets Dave Grohl, Pat Smear to Guest

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Announces Debut Album with the Birds of Satan, Gets Dave Grohl, Pat Smear to Guest

Reports have been swirling that Foo Fighters are recording a new album, but before we hear any material from them, drummer Taylor Hawkins will release a collection with a new side-project. His band the Birds of Satan will deliver their eponymous debut on April 15 through Shanabelle Records.

The band features bassist Wiley Hodgden and guitarist Mick Murphy, meaning that it's the same lineup as their '70s rock cover band Chevy Metal. Hawkins handles drums, vocals and other instruments. The album additionally features contributions from Foo Fighters cohorts Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.

The Birds of Satan was produced by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters, Against Me!) and mixed by Drew Hester (Foo Fighters), both who have worked with Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders.

The results consist of seven tracks. The first cut, "The Ballad of the Birds of Satan," is nine and a half minutes long, while an announcement claims that "Wait Til Tomorrow" contains "the first documented recorded Eddie Van Halen-style guitar solo of this decade." The songs reportedly range from hard rock to prog to boogie to sombre balladry.

See the tracklist below and scroll past that to watch a minute-long album trailer.

The album can be pre-ordered on iTunes, with "Thanks for the Line" available as an instant download.

The Birds of Satan:

1. The Ballad of the Birds of Satan

2. Thanks for the Line

3. Pieces of the Puzzle

4. Raspberries

5. Nothing at All

6. Wait Til Tomorrow

7. Too Far Gone to See