Dave Grohl Reveals How Foo Fighters Will ‘Switch It Up’ On New Album, Is Sonic Highways Dead?


Dave Grohl discussed Foo Fighters’ next album in a new Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, and if there is going to be a concept for it. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s comments, which seem to indicate the next album will be recorded traditionally, with no concepts like Sonic Highways.

“We had talked about that. The last record we did in 8 different cities, basically that album was to tell the story of the music in 8 different cities.”

“It was deeper conceptually than just going into the studio and making a record. Then the record before that we did in my garage, and we made that documentary, it was all about the analog and stuff like that. Then the last EP we did we recorded in the lobby of a hotel in Austin, Texas.

So we were like, ‘God, if we were to record again, how are we going switch it up?’ For us to switch it up right now (whistles) would be to go into the studio and make a record like a normal band. That kind of became the focus, it was like alright, now that we can sort of shed that other stuff and just write songs and record them in a studio as you do.”

He also discussed producers Foo Fighters have worked with in the past.

“We’ve worked with Butch Vig a lot, we’ve worked with Gil Norton, we’ve worked with Adam Kasper. But, I remember once ages ago, I think for our third record, we were trying to figure out who should produce our record. We sent some stuff to this one big producer, and he basically came back and said, ‘The Foo Fighters aren’t produceable.’ We were like, ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ They’re like, ‘You guys know what you’re doing, and you do your own thing. So no one is really going to step in and change it.'”

He also discussed arranging songs.

“Arrangements are like jokes, so to every joke there’s got to be a punchline, there’s got to be a lead up. So when you’re writing songs, they kind of have to have that structure, like you’re telling a joke.”