Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has spoken out about his band’s Record Store Day release.
The four-track, 10-inch is called ‘Songs From The Laundry Room’ and features early versions of ‘Alone + Easy Target’ and ‘Big Me’ as well as an unreleased track, ‘Empty Handed’, from the Glastonbury 2015 headliners. It was recorded at Barrett Jones’ Laundry Room Studios in Seattle in the 1990s.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Grohl discussed the previously unheard ‘Empty Handed’ and other early versions on the release. “I’d never been the singer of a band and I’d never been the principal songwriter of a band,” he said. “So to me it was just this private experiment, not something that I wanted lots of people to hear, because I didn’t necessarily like my voice.”
He continued: “When you’re in a band with the greatest songwriter of your generation, you don’t want to be the guy saying, ‘Look at my songs, too,'” referencing his years in Nirvana with Kurt Cobain. “So I would record them and put them away. But it was fun to do. I’ve recorded stuff and just erased it.”
Of his early recordings as the Foo Fighters, he explained: “It was just something to do in between tours when I was playing with Nirvana. By the time Nirvana was over, I had, I don’t know, 20, 30, 40 of these recordings that no one had ever heard. There’s a lot more than just those [Laundry Room 10-inch] songs. I think the songs that we picked for the Record Store Day album were maybe picked out of 15 or 20 others that no one’s ever heard.” The release will also include a cover of Kim Wilde‘s 1981 single ‘Kids In America’.
Dave Grohl is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015. The Foo Fighters frontman will lead the festivities on the day, which takes place on April 18 and celebrates the culture of independent record shops.
For more information and a full list of this year’s Record Store Day release schedule, visit recordstoreday.co.uk