Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways to reclaim band’s glory


Nneoma Igwedibie

Foo Fighters on Twitter (@foofighters) encouraged fans to complete a scavenger hunt by providing coordinates as hints for their new Sonic Highways album cover, which features cities across America in one image.

Cameron Hines, News copy editor, Sports editor

In future years, people may know 2014 by a different name: The Year of the Foo Fighters.

The popular rock band plans to release their eighth album this fall, titled Sonic Highways. Never one for conventionality, frontman Dave Grohl and the rest of his band will debut an eight-part HBO show of the same name that will document the recording process and serve as a complement to the album. In recognition of their eighth album, the Foo Fighters appear fond of the number eight, as the album itself will also contain eight songs.

“I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters, without question,” Grohl said.

Influenced by the deep roots of American music, Grohl boldly decided to record each song on the album in a prominent American city and recruited famous musicians such as Joe Walsh to record parts of songs. He deems the album as “a love letter to the history of American music,” and uniquely wrote lyrics on the day of recording “so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews, and personalities that became of the process.”

The cities that the band recorded in include Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York. It remains anyone’s guess as to whether the Foo Fighters will visit these cities on a forthcoming tour. The tour, while unconfirmed, seems inevitable.

“This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it. I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our sound,” Grohl said.