Foo Fighters ‘absolutely’ releasing a new album in 2011

Drummer Taylor Hawkins says it's 'in the fetal stages' of development

Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins has confirmed that the group are “absolutely” releasing a new album in 2011.

The as-yet untitled LP will be the band’s seventh studio album, with Hawkins revealing that it’s currently “in the fetal stages” of development.

“In all honesty, Dave [Grohl]’s got 15 or so song ideas that are awesome and we’ve already demoed some of them twice even,” the drummer told “We do a lot of demoing to find exactly the arrangements we want, getting them exactly how we want them.”

He added: “It’s a large process for us. It takes a long time to do it. We don’t just say, ‘OK, let’s go make a record and pop in the studio and record it just like that.’ There’s a lot of preproduction that goes into making a Foo Fighters record. Well, so far.”

Set to release a new album and play a London club show with Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders, the drummer added that having side-projects away from the Foo Fighters has always benefited the band.

“All that stuff in the past, it’s proven to be recharging,” he explains. “As long as everybody’s ready, as long as we don’t do it because we feel like we have to, like because the record company wants another record, that kind of crap never makes good music.”

He added: “I’m sure there are exceptions, but for the most part, you want everybody to really want to be doing it. Especially Dave [Grohl], because they’re his songs. If he’s excited and really wants to do it, and he appears to, we’re in great shape. We’ll have a new record in a year.”

Meanwhile, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones are set to record a new album as Them Crooked Vultures later this year.