Guest Of Fo
ConcreteAndGold features some weird and wonderful collaborations. Chris Shiflett talks us through them...
Inara George (Bird And The Bee)
Bird And The Bee is Greg’s band, and Dave is a huge fan. That’s sort of how we wound up having Greg produce the record. When he first met Greg that was the context they met, he just saw him in a restaurant or something and went up to him and said, ‘Dude I love your band.’ I don’t even think he knew he was a producer, this was quite a few years ago. Then they became pals, and when Greg wound up producing the record the Inara thing came about through him.
That was really fun, we tracked it in the room together. We only did a couple of takes and then put it together. And then he just wanted to hang out and jam. He played drums for a while and then he got up and moved over to the piano and we just kind of like jammed with Paul McCartney! It was totally fucking amazing. I was so blown away that a guy with that level of experience, he’s played with everybody in all the situations you could imagine – you get him in the studio and he’s the least jaded guy in the room, you know? He just likes playing music.
Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men)
It’s interesting. There’s a bunch of different rooms at EastWest and he was working at the studio on something in one of the other rooms. I think him and Dave just struck up a conversation on the back porch or something and Dave had an idea for the song Concrete
AndGold that he wanted a choir. So he asked Shawn if he’d sing some stuff on it, and that dude just came in and built this crazy huge layered vocal thing. It was kind of an important turning point for the record because from that point on, it opened up Dave wanting to do that on a lot of the record. That was the turning point that led to all the vocal layering, which to me is probably the most significant difference between this record and older Foo Fighters records. There’s like a thousand vocal tracks on every song.
Inara George from Bird And The Bee features on the track TheLine