Foo Fighters have discussed what their next album may entail, stating their intent for each future record to have a “concept” or “theme” to it.
The band released their eighth album ‘Sonic Highways’ in November 2014, recording each track on the LP in a different US city, using various famous studios in the process.
Having previously hinted that they may follow up the concept and its accompanying documentary TV series with a European version in the future, the group have now revealed they may do something different next.
“I do have this idea, and I’ve had it for a long time, maybe about a year,” frontman Dave Grohl recently told NME. “It’s not set in stone. It’s definitely about challenging the artist with the environment. It’s a good idea, but we’ll see what happens.”
The band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, went on to reveal that their next release needs to “have some sort of concept around it”.
“It’s not enough to just make a fucking record any more,” he said. “It used to be a simple process of writing a batch of songs, recording them, and putting them out. You’d make an album, make three videos. If they were good, MTV would play them, and you’d sell some records. Now, you need to do something else with it.”
Hawkins continued: “Dave wants the albums to have some other kind of theme or experience linked to them. He wants every record we make from now on to have some sort of concept around it, whether it’s something as large as ‘Sonic Highways’ or as simple as, ‘Hey, let’s record ‘Wasting Light’ to tape in my garage’.”
“It’s Dave’s vision. It all started with him and a demo tape, and he’s always known what the best way forward for Foo Fighters is. I’m not gonna come in and be like, ‘Hey, let’s write a rock opera,’ because I can go and make those fun little records on my own. These are Dave’s fun little records and we’re his band, we help him get it done. Even if me and [bassist] Nate [Mendel] go have a burger afterwards and say, ‘’Hmm, I don’t know about this,’ we’ve still got to have faith and ride it out.”
However, Grohl seemed to distance himself from Hawkins’ suggestions, adding: “The biggest challenge for us now would be to just load into a studio and make an album like any other band. I’m almost thinking that’s what we should do – go make a fucking record like everybody else does. You know, at our studio. That we built to make albums in.”
Foo Fighters announced last week that they had been forced to pull shows in London, Edinburgh and at Glastonbury Festival due to a broken leg that frontman Dave Grohl sustained at a gig in Sweden.
The band will be replaced as Friday’s headliners by Florence And The Machine, who were previously booked to perform immediately before the group.
Following the news, Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has stated that she would “love” for Foo Fighters to headline the event in the future following their recent cancellation.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Eavis said: “You don’t see something like that coming and we were so sorry to hear about poor Dave Grohl’s leg. I saw the footage and I did think, ‘OK, if this happens and they have to pull, then what are we going to do?'”
She continued: “I would love for them to come back. I really hope they can. Hopefully soon,” she said. “I think it’ll probably be in a couple of years, but it would be brilliant to have them back.”