Right, it's recap time. We've still not got any new music from Foo Fighters, but here's what we DO know. For more insight into 'Sonic Highways' read our extensive feature in the new issue of the mag!
'Sonic Highways' artwork
1. It may or may not start off with eight seconds of Dave Grohl screaming
The band posted this short video clip online before they'd even announced the damn thing. And pretty much nothing else since. YOU GUYS. SERIOUSLY.
2. It's got RIFFS.
This Vine of a test pressing of the album being played back definitely has a few of those. Did this track make the final cut of the album? Who knows.
3. It's got an accompanying film series that'll hit TV screens in the next few weeks
The first instalment of the 'Sonic Highways' series will premiere on BBC4 on October 26 in the UK (and on October 17 on HBO in the States).
4. Lots of famous faces make an appearance in the trailer for the film series. By association, we're going out on a limb and saying at least some of this lot appear on the record.
As we understand it, Josh Homme, Pharrell Williams, Dan Auerbach, James Murphy, Zac Brown, ZZ Top, Slash, Rick Rubin, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Willie Nelson, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys' Mike D, Joan Jett, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson, Gary Clark Jr and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band all appear in the series.
SURELY some of those names will appear on the album. Right? Watch the trailer below and make up your own mind.
Further to that, guitarist Chris Shiflett tells us in the new issue of Rock Sound: “We had guest musicians involved from every city. Some of them took their parts and completely changed the songs, took them into places that none of us were expecting.” So make of that what you will.
5. It was filmed in eight US cities over the course of the last year
Yep, the Foos recorded the album in various locations throughout Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C.. That's quite the road trip.
6. Dave Grohl wrote the lyrics for each song in the 24 hours before they were recorded
In the new issue of Rock Sound, guitarist Pat Smear tells us: “The night before recording vocals on each song, Dave would write the lyrics. He had to get it down there and then, because the day after we’d be recording and filming a video. There was no time to go, ‘Ah fuck, I’ll do it when I get home!”
7. Assuming that Smear is true to his word in the quote above, then each song will have its own music video
Alright, that one may be a leap of faith. But he did say "because the day after we'd be recording and filming a video". And that "a" is important.
8. Whatever it sounds like, it'll still sound like Foo Fighters
Pat Smear tells us in the magazine: “Ultimately, if it’s the same guys in the same band, playing the same instruments, it’s probably not going to sound too different. It’s pretty likely that when the album comes out, people will just be like, ‘Yep, sounds like Foo Fighters!’ I think everyone in the band loves the first track, ‘Something From Nothing’, most. That’s like, our epic!”
For more insight into 'Sonic Highways', have a read of our exclusive feature with the band in RS193. You can download the digital edition here, order a copy to your door here, or pick it up from UK stores TODAY! The album itself is released on November 10.