"Sonic Highways" is out now! Here's why you should buy it!
#1. The Concept
"Sonic Highways" strives to be much more than just another Foo Fighters record. With the new album, the band visits eight different cities in a road trip across America to record each song in a different studio. That's something that simply shouldn't be missed.
#2. The Songs
Everything else aside, this is still a Foo Fighters record; a record full of catchy, infectious rock songs that'll sound great no matter who you are.
#3. The Process
Perhaps just as impressive as the album is the HBO documentary series they made about it. See how the band gets to know these cities and the musical acts that were both inspired by and helped inspire them. I'd watch it, but I recently forgot to renew my subscription. I've been catching it at a friend's house when I can, but I really need to get around to renewing that subscription. I just wish there was some sort of discount or something for returning customers, you know?
#4. The Relationships
Throughout the years, Grohl has formed strong relationships with some of the industry's biggest names. Whether he's shooting the shit with Steve Albini or debating with Ian Mackaye on whether or not Ted Nugent really is better than Bad Brains, you can hear in the songs how much fun the band had recording this album.
#5. Dave Grohl
Let's face it, when it comes to keeping rock and roll alive and well, nobody's doing more at the moment than Dave Grohl. "Sonic Highways" does a superb job of paying tribute to bands both old and new. Plus, I met Dave once and he was super cool. We talked about our kids, and he told me this one hilarious story about how one of his daughters walked up to him one day and - You know what, you had to be there. It was a great story though.
#6. Rick Nielsen
The album's first song "Something From Nothing" features Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick! How great is Cheap Trick? I've seen them, like, five times live and they've been awesome every time! It sucks that Bun E. Carlos isn't touring with them anymore, but I respect his decision to do so. Hell, Dave should've just let Rick play on all the songs! Oh man, could you imagine a Dave Grohl/Rick Nielsen collaboration? That would rule! Maybe get Josh Homme on there too? Actually, Them Crooked Vultures should just make another album already! When is that coming out?
#7. Washington DC
The band chose to record the album's second song "The Feast and the Famine" at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington County, Virginia. The song is inspired by both the hardcore punk and go-go scenes surrounding Washington DC when Grohl was growing up. I actually visited DC recently. I wasn't there for very long, but it was still pretty cool. I got to see a few of the monuments and had this great club sandwich at a local restaurant. I can't remember the name of the place, but it had outdoor and indoor seating, so look for a place like that if you ever want to eat there.