A new sonic sound
> American rock band Foo Fighters comes out with its weirdest album yet in its ninth studio outing, Concrete and Gold
“I thought: ‘Oh boy, we’re getting weird quick!’ This record we really took extra leaps and bounds, sonically.”
Due out next month, the new Foo Fighters album combines thunderous guitar riffs with lush, harmonic textures.
Tracks such as La Dee Da and the Donald Trump-inspired single Run rock out, but the Foo Fighters shift gears on the dreamy Dirty Water, while the title track is a slow-burner that features Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman.
Beatles legend Paul McCartney also plays drums on one track among several other guest turns, including Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
“Paul McCartney is a fan of music,” said Shiflett, nibbling on vegetable sticks in between photo shoots.
“He only did two passes at the song, which he had never even heard before. Then he just wanted to noodle around so we just jammed on a bunch of other stuff.”
The Foo Fighters shot to fame in the late 90s with hits such as This is a Call, Monkey Wrench and Learn to Fly and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.
“I didn’t join the band until 1999 but I remember a cassette tape bootleg of the first album way before it came out circulating,” said Shiflett.
“All my friends that were in the know had it and it was just something that would be on the stereo at parties.”
But after a turbulent 2015 when Grohl broke his leg after plunging off the stage and they were forced to cancel a tour, rumours persisted that the group was set to split.
“It would be so dumb for any band to break up,” insisted guitarist Pat Smear, who also used to tour with Nirvana. “You just look stupid when you get back together.”
Shiflett believes the secret of the band’s longevity lies in the members not taking themselves too seriously.
He points to a spat with Coldplay, who took offence at a mischievous bumper sticker joke in a 2011 Foo Fighters video.
“I remember at the time, Chris Martin got super offended and actually got into it with Dave at a kids birthday party or something,” he said.
“It certainly wasn’t meant to offend anybody. I don’t think this band could ever take itself too seriously.” Jaffee agrees. “Not taking yourselves too seriously – all other bands take note,” he said.
“It’s a very important thing to keep in check and I’m sorry, Chris Martin, but all our wives love you!” – AFP
(top) Members of Foo Fighters … refuse to take themselves too seriously. (left) Foo Fighters’ Grohl … brought in Adele’s producer Kurstin to give a fresh dimension to the band’s sound for its ninth album.