On Nov. 10, Foo Fighters will release Sonic Highways, their follow-up to 2011’s Wasting Light, via RCA. It’s a different sort of album, at least in terms of the making of it, in that the band recorded its eight songs in eight different studios, in eight different cities: Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. And the first of the tracks to be released is the leadoff track, which was recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini, who previously worked with Dave Grohl on Nirvana’s In Utero.
The band is also premiering a TV series on HBO called Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways tomorrow night, which chronicles the making of the album in addition to featuring interviews with a variety of different musicians from those eight different cities, including Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi, Mike D of Beastie Boys, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and others. The first episode is set in Chicago, and will feature interviews with Albini, blues legend Buddy Guy and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.
Sonic Highways also features eight different cover variants depicting the cities in which it was recorded. The one you see above is Chicago, but you can see the rest of them here. Listen to “Something From Nothing” below.
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways tracklist:
1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
6. In The Clear
8. I Am A River
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