After recently completing the recording of their upcoming 7th, Foo Fighters stoked the flames of anticipation today by posting up a 30-second clip of one of the new tracks.
Outside of regularly tweeting photos and video from the studio, the band has been more or less tight-lipped where details of the album are concerned. But that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of things of note surrounding it.
First off, on again-off again guitarist Pat Smear is officially back as a full time member of the band, and played on all the tracks of the new album.
As well, the effort is being overseen by all-star record producer Butch Vig who, when he’s not being the driving force behind the band Garbage as an artist, has been the knob-tweaker on some of the landmark albums in alternative music history: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Gish’ and ‘Siamese Dream’, plus records from Sonic Youth, Green Day…the list goes on.
Plus, they recorded this album on analog tape, and not digitally. Yes, tape. You know, the stuff that gets ‘eaten’ in your player and you have to rewind it after listening? In the record making world today, that’s old school. No Pro Tools, just laying down each track one at a time, complete with the often missed (by me, at least) ‘tape hiss’ that results in a less clean and warmer sound. Well, ok…I’m sure they will eliminate the tape hiss with some post-production, but it’s still quite interesting that they recorded via analog means.
The one final point to cover is that according to front man and overall good guy in the music biz Dave Grohl, this will be the ‘heaviest’ Foo Fighters record yet. Judging by this snippet, he ain’t lying.
To say that people are excited about it would be an understatement. I mean, how many times have YOU posted something on Facebook and had 13,000 people “like” it in just a few hours?