Dave Grohl says the band have been very busy boys in their new studio…

FOO FIGHTERS have five and-a-half hours of music ready for their next album, which is about to go into pre-production.

Singer Dave Grohl has revealed that the band have been hard at work in a new studio on the West Coast for the follow-up to 2002’s ’One By One’.

In a posting on the band’s official website, [url=], he said: “I’m not gonna sit here and write about how this shit is ‘The best stuff we’ve ever come up with’, or how ‘This is the album we’ve always wanted to make’, but I will say this: Having a year to write and demo things at your own pace sure makes for better songs.”

He added: “In preparing for today’s pre-production, I dumped all of the things I’ve recorded onto my computer…..and I wound up with five and-a-half hours of music. I just laughed.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band are planning to release a double album, half acoustic, half rock.

Talking about the idea, the star explained: “That’s what we’ve been shooting for, so we’ll see what happens. I’d love to have an album that requires us to stretch farther in both directions, eliminating any middle ground. the idea also comes from the fact that we’ve always explored both dynamics, just not to their fullest potential. Why not get heavier? Or quieter? Why try and cram all of that onto one CD? Why not make two albums, and call it one?”

The band have moved from their Virginia basement studio in Grohl’s house – used to record ’There Is Nothing Left To Lose’ and ’One By One’ – to a new location on the other side of the States.

Grohl said: “It became a little impractical to have it so far away, seeing as how everyone spends the majority of their time out here on the West Coast.”

He added: “So we came up with a plan: Buy a warehouse. Build a bigger, better studio. Have a massive space to store our mountains of gear that we’ve amassed over the past decade (that has been scattered around the country in storage spaces from here to Kalamazoo). Have somewhere to jam that we don’t have to move out of at the end of the week. Have offices, etc., etc., etc…………a full on headquarters, designed to further the idea of self-sufficiency. It’s awesome. We will never have to go anywhere else as long as we live.”

He added: “It’s like building a wall around the band to keep it from being corrupted, or poisoned.”

Grohl also revealed that he found the original cassette copy of the first Foo Fighters demo, recorded between October 17-22, 1994.

The copy, one of just 75, eventually became the first record, and the discovery proved quite shocking for the guitarist.

He said: “Almost ten fucking years ago! It dawned on me that I am nearing a very special anniversary here. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d be sitting here, ten years later, writing to you about the preparations for our 5th album (double album, nonetheless)… Without too much reflection, I just have to say “thank you” to all of you for making the four of us very proud, and happy.”