The past seven days have been rather hectic, eh? Lots of exciting news to shift through this week, starting with the terrific reveal that a new Foo Fighters album is “fucking on”. The band have started work on the LP, which will be their eighth studio effort and their first since 2011’s ‘Wasting Light’.
Eyes down for Philadelphia neo-shoegaze quartet, as approved by Grohl and Novoselic.
Philadelphia-based Bleeding Rainbow started life as his-and-hers duo Reading Rainbow until the partnership of Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia revised their moniker and expanded to a four-piece on their 2013 LP, Yeah Right. (The story that Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein prompted the name change with a single withering remark may or may not be apocryphal…)
So You Know, a taster from their forthcoming album, Interrupt (out on Kanine Records on February 24), employs their expanded instrumental mass to propel a gauzy three minutes of woozily atmospheric guitar rock that fits the Ride-MBV paradigm snugly, but sidesteps the scuzzier connotations of ’80s UK indie by foregrounding Sarah Everton’s coolly beguiling voice: a cleaner, more modern take on the shoegaze allure of Bilinda Butcher or Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.
Famous fans of the band include both Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic, apparently. See if you agree with the Nirvana legends, listen to So You Know here:
‘Sound City’ documents the California recording studio
Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and the rocker will be in attendance. His documentary examines the history of the Van Nuys, California, recording studio and was inspired by Grohl’s purchase of the Neve 8028 recording console from the Sound City Studios last year.
“As a first-time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City,” said Grohl in a statement. “Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity and passion for art. I am over the moon!”
Grohl’s relationship with the studio began in 1991 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for Nevermind in its booths. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 17th to 27th in Park City, Utah. For more information on Sound City, visit its website.
There’s finally an official trailer for Sound City, Grohl’s upcoming documentary on the famed Los Angeles recording studio. In it, artists including Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Lars Ulrich and Neil Young chat about what made the studio – and its fabled Neve 8028 analogue recording console – so wonderful, and what the turn toward digital recording has meant for the studio, and for music itself. Sound City will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and is expected to hit theaters the following month.
Dave Grohl says his band Foo Fighters is officially taking a break.
Grohl posted an open letter to the group’s Facebook account Tuesday, calling the band “my life,” but noting “it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while.”
Grohl told fans Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival he didn’t know when the band would play together again, and affirmed that in the letter.
“Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man,” Grohl said at the concert in NYC’s Central Park. “Honestly, I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again… and this is the perfect place to do it.”
He went more in-depth in the letter, writing, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far… There were times when I wanted to give up. But I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.”
Grohl says he’s “not sure” when the Foo Fighters will play again, and is now focused on his forthcoming Sound City documentary and album. “A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on,” he said of the project. “Get ready… It’s coming.”
He created Foo Fighters in 1994 after his time as the drummer in Nirvana, recording the band’s self-titled debut before inviting other members to join. The band has been one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring critical and commercial successes, winning 11 Grammys, including five earlier this year.
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The Foo Fighters took the stage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, performing their 1998 hit “My Hero”, followed by the song “Walk” off their latest album “Wasting Light.”
US rock band the Foo Fighters publicly endorsed the Democratic Party’s re-election push yesterday (September 6th) by performing a short set at the convention in North Carolina on a night when President Barack Obama formally launched his 2012 campaign with a key speech to the huge crowd.
Foo Fighters aired their tracks ‘My Hero‘ and ‘Walk‘ during the performance, which can be viewed via YouTube below, as the rock world continues to take a more welcoming standpoint to the Democrats than their Republican counterparts.
Veteran songwriter Tom Petty is another to embrace Barack Obama’s support after the US President used his track ‘I Won’t Back Down‘ as his ‘walk-on’ music yesterday.
“I’ve been on the wrong side where I’ve had to tell some candidates to stop using my music,” he told Rolling Stone at the 2012 MTV VMAs. “I got chills. They knew it would be okay. I’ve had a chance to meet the President and talk to him about the music he listens to.”
It’s been a different story for the Republicans, who have received strong criticism from the likes of Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello and the mother of the late Thin Lizzy guitarist Phil Lynott after members of the party both praised, and used, the pair’s music recently.
They did enjoy a warmer reaction from The Killers‘ bassist Mark Stoermer however, who told Rolling Stone after Mitt Romney declared his fondness for the band: “Anyone’s allowed to like us. If it’s just about music, I guess it’s not a negative thing. He’s, I guess, a guy and he listens to music and happens to like us. That’s fine.”