Foo Fighters Announce Surprise Saint Cecilia EP, Dedicate It To Paris
23 November 2015, 12:32 | Updated: 23 November 2015, 13:14
Dave Grohl dedicated the free EP to the victims of the Paris attacks.
Foo Fighters have announced their new Saint Cecilia EP.
The band - who launched a mysterious countdown clock on their website - have unveiled their new material, which can be downloaded or streamed for free.
The EP features five new tracks recorded during an impromptu studio session at Austin's Hotel Saint Cecilia.
Saint Cecilia is also the patron saint of musicians, whose saints day was fittingly on 22 November. Dave Grohl explained that the record began as a "celebration of life and music" as their world tour came to a close.
However the frontman was moved to write a forward which included a dedication to Paris and the hope that the songs "can bring a little light" into a "sometimes dark world".
The full letter on their official website read:
"Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems...
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."
The band also added a link to donate to the victims of the Paris attacks, linking to Josh Homme's Sweet Stuff Foundation page.