A new sonic sound

> Amer­i­can rock band Foo Fight­ers comes out with its weird­est al­bum yet in its ninth stu­dio out­ing, Con­crete and Gold

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“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.

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