Foo Fighters' Concrete And Gold LP: Everything We Know So Far
13 July 2017, 17:23
With just five days 'til the band drop their ninth studio album, we spill all the details which include everything from surprising guest vocalists to its sound.
Following the release of a new track, Run, at the beginning of June, Foo Fighters began to announce the details of their ninth studio album.
The reason for its title and when we can expect it:
Titled Concrete And Gold, the album will be released on 15 September through Roswell/RCA Records and has been produced by Greg Kurstin, who has worked with Katy Perry, Foster The People, Adele, Beck and most recently Liam Gallagher.
Speaking about the album title, Grohl told the BBC that the album involves themes of "hope and desperation".
What it sounds like:
In a tweet, Dave Grohl said of the record: "Remember that ‘break’ we were taking? Well… we lied. We just spent the last six months secretly making a gigantic new Foo Fighters album… that will undoubtedly fry stereos from here to Fukuoka. Start saving your speaker money now. Sorry. It’s big.
“It’s called Concrete And Gold and had more twists and turns than a live senate hearing. Like a box of really loud chocolates. Hope you’re hungry.”
Grohl also revealed more about the sound of the LP. "I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.”
He went on: “So I think maybe Greg is the guy that we ask to be our producer because he’s never made a heavy rock record before and we’ve never worked with a pop producer.”
If that isn't enough of a clue, the band have already been performing some of their new material live, giving us a pretty good idea of how the album will shape up.
First Grohl and Taylor Hawkins debuted an acoustic version of album track The Sky Is A Neighborhood at benefit concert in San Francisco.
Listen to it here:
Then they treated fans to fifth track, La Dee Da, which they premiered at Iceland's Solstice Festival:
And they've kept it coming, playing Dirty Waterwhich live in Paris this month:
Who features on it:
Dave Grohl has already teased a huge and unexpected female pop star is set to appear on the record, with everyone from Adele to Lady Gaga in the frame.
Even more surprisingly, the Learn To Fly singer revealed that a member of 90s vocal harmony group, Boyz II Men features on the record. But don't let that fool you as it happens to be the "heaviest" song on the whole album.
However, recently he confirmed that The Beatles legend Paul McCartney also makes a guest spot, playing drums on the record. That's a bit more like it.
Keeping us on our toes, Grohl revealed none other than Justin Timberlake also asked to sing vocals on the record, telling Rolling Stone: "he nailed it".
"We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot," Grohl said. "He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record? I don't want to push it, but – I just want to be able to tell my friends.'"
"So the band had him add some "la la la's" to one track. He nailed it," Grohl said, adding jokingly: "I'm telling you – the guy's going somewhere."
Watch an animated trailer shared by the band:
Concrete And Gold is available to pre-order via www.foofighters.com.
See Foo Fighters'Concrete And Gold track listing:
Make It Right
The Sky Is A Neighborhood
La Dee Da
Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)
Concrete And Gold
To mark the release of the album album, Foo Fighters have announced a "backyard party for 50,000 people" in the form of new festival titled CAL JAM 17.
It’s due to take place at at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California on 7 October 2017, and will feature some of the biggest stadium rockers in the form Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, Circa Waves, and more.
Get ticket info is at Caljamfest.com.
Watch the official video for the album's lead track, Run here: