The band are put to the test on the set of their latest video…
FOO FIGHTERS have revealed details of their new video – which almost made them wet themselves.
The band recently shot the promo for forthcoming single ’D.O.A.’ – the second track to be lifted from new LP ’In Your Honour’ – inside a gravity-defying rotating room.
Guitarist Chris Shiflett said: “All video treatments kind of look the same — especially when you read like 20 of them in one sitting — they’re all roughly the same. So we went for one that was, like, the anti-treatment.”
“All the other treatments were like, ‘Oh, OK, so this treatment probably went to, like, Limp Bizkit, and they passed on it, so they just retooled it and sent it to us,’ ” drummer Taylor Hawkins told MTV News. “So we decided on one that just sort of stuck out.”
Director Mike Palmieri came up with the treatment that the group accepted, saying: “The video had bounced around to a lot of people, and they were having some difficulty finding the right treatment, and I came in at the very end of the process and submitted this idea that I’ve always wanted to do.”
Palmieri, who previously worked with the domino-inspired promo for The Bravery’s ’An Honest Mistake’, said. “I was waiting to spring this idea on the right band. It needed to right band to actually survive making the video.”
The video sees the members of Foo Fighters strapped inside a room which rotates clockwise and counter-clockwise and was filmed by a stationary camera.
During the song, the room rotates 360-degrees whilst the band run through ’D.O.A.’.
According to Palmieri, the idea creates the illusion that during the course of the song, the room completes one full rotation.
“Halfway through the song, they’re completely upside down,” the director said. “The whole video goes one 360-degree rotation … and at the end … it’s back to zero.”
He added: “So when you’re watching the video, it’s slowly turning upside down on you. You’ll see the band, and the camera is locked, but their hair is sideways, at a 90-degree angle, which shows that it’s the first minute of the video mark. It’s pretty much the most confusing video idea ever.”
According to Palmieri, the video also features a few graphics including “a little mouse on a treadmill that powers a stopwatch”, showing how much time has elapsed in the song.
He explained: “Actually, the whole thing is a combination of really high-tech stuff and the slow-motion tunnel sequence on ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. It’s full of physics and gravity. It makes no sense and it’s completely ridiculous, but that’s what it makes it fun.”
Foo’s frontman Dave Grohl dubbed the rotating room as ‘The Barf Ball’ and Palmieri was keen to praise the band’s dedication in enduring several takes in the set.
He said: “We had to do about 15 takes inside the room. No one barfed, but they were really getting sick. And they didn’t let us know. We’d give them breaks, but as they were getting makeup, and they’d be like, ‘Oh my God, I almost peed my pants. I’m gonna die up there!’ They really took one for the team.”