Foo Fighters almost lost out on having bassist Nate Mendel play on the band’s new single “Shame Shame.” Mendel revealed at first he believed keyboard was the only thing needed to compliment the song, and that his bass playing wouldn’t be needed.
Mendel told Tone Deaf, “For ‘Shame Shame’, it started of as just a bunch of clicks from Dave [clicks fingers], almost like flamenco, and it just grew out of that. There wasn’t going to be any bass line originally, like, it just felt like it needed keyboards and I was fine with that.”
“I like the idea that you don’t need an electric bass on every single fucking song, and I ended up playing on it just to give it extra character on top of what was already there like a bit of extra added texture. So that was the plan, just to throw out the rule book.”
Foo Fighters will release their new album Medicine at Midnight on February 5, 2021. Greg Kurstin returns as producer after Concrete and Gold, with the album featuring 9 songs and clocking in at 37 minutes. Foo Fighters debuted “Shame Shame” live on.Saturday Night Live last night, with the band also performing “Times Like These.”