When the Foo Fighters set out to create music that’s “sonically bigger than anything we’d ever done”, you can imagine the daunting task that was ahead of the legendary rock band. Not only did they have early highlights like The Colour And The Shape and the Grammy-winning There Is Nothing Left To Lose to contend with; the Foo Fighters constantly seek out a creative myriad of album concepts as can be seen in 2014’s Sonic Highway. So did the band deliver on their ninth and latest record, Concrete And Gold? We vote yes. Here are five reasons why.
They Went Back To Their Roots
With over 22 years of industry experience under their belt, it seems like the Foo Fighters have already made their mark on anything and everything under the musical umbrella. So where does one venture when trying to make the biggest album of their career to date? Back to the studio, it seems. And with Grammy-winning record producer Greg Kurstin (who has worked with the likes of Adele and Ellie Goulding) no less. Unlike their previous two albums, 2014’s Sonic Highways; recorded in eight iconic studios across the United States over the span of a year, and 2011’s Wasting Light; recorded in a garage, the band leader said that it was “almost experimental to just go back into a studio” – and we gotta say the result (especially on tracks like ‘Run’ and ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’) was phenomenal.
‘Retirement’ Ain’t Got Nothin’ On These Rowdy Rockin’ Grandpas
The first official release from Concrete And Gold was accompanied by a Dave Grohl-directed music video, and boy did we have fun watching them rock it out (literally). Having prematurely aged themselves with the help of prosthetic makeup, we see the band performing for other residents in an oppressive nursing home, only to end up having their sheer rock ‘n’ roll magic spark an uprising between retirees and staff. But perhaps the best part about the entire video was the ending choreography, reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – the late King of Pop would be proud.
Justin Timberlake Makes It Right
Back when doing album promos for Concrete And Gold, the band said that one of the guests on the album was “probably the biggest pop star in the world”, and while they kept up the ruse for a long time, it was eventually revealed to be Justin Timberlake. According to Dave, the pair met in the studio and Justin asked if he could be on the record, saying “you don’t even have to tell anybody I’m on the record, I just want to be able to tell my friends that I’m on it” – true to his wishes, JT makes his appearance on the track ‘Make It Right’.
Paul McCartney Is A Badass On The Drums
You heard it here first, guys. The ninth track on the album, ‘Sunday Rain‘, is an absolute banger – not just for one, but two reasons. First, we see Taylor Hawkins take on lead vocal duties, and boy can the drummer sing. It’s not the first time Taylor has had this particular honour, having had lead vocal credits on ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ from In Your Honour. So what do you do when you need someone to fill in for your drummer? Well, in Foo’s case, you seek the help of the Sir Paul McCartney. And while is usually known for this bassist skills, The Beatles’ legend showed off his knack for the drums, nailing his part in two takes. He apparently hadn’t even heard the song before recording it! As if we needed another reason to admire Sir Paul more than we already do…
Daddy Dave Was Director Grohl For A Day
The second video that the lead singer directed was ‘The Sky Is A Universe’, which featured his daughters Violet and Harper reading through a storybook with the song’s lyrics. And it seemed like Director Grohl got more respect from his co-stars than Daddy Dave! The proud father recently revealed that his little girls “were so good” in taking directions and acting their part during the video, but it was a stark contrast to their behaviour at home when he tries to get them to clean their room before bed or get their homework done, referencing it to “pulling teeth and twisting wrists”. Aww girls, maybe you should consider giving your old man a break every now and then?
Get your first listen of Concrete And Gold here!
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