Foo Fighters: 'Honky-Tonk and Punk Rock Are Kindred Spirits'

"We should immerse ourselves in that music and just live in that for a while," says guitarist Chris Shiflett.

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As Foo Fighters are rehearsing new material and warming up to hit the studio in 2014, guitarist Chris Shiflett recently shared an interesting stance on honky-tonk music.

The axeman called the genre not as unrelated to rock as most would think, even confessing he wanted the Foos to delve into its domain.

"I was out on the road, and I'd listen to old honky-tonk country all the time," Shiflett said during a Yahoo Music interview. "I never played it, but I was like, 'We should go immerse ourselves in that music and just live in that for a while.' Just learn a bunch of old honky-tonk songs we love, go play some shows, and kind of do that for a while. I feel like the only way for me to internalize something is to do it a bunch."

He explained further, "Honky-tonk and punk rock to me are kind of kindred spirits. You can't quite put a finger on it. Maybe it's just sort of a f--k you attitude. It's that rebellious streak."

"Wasting Light" follow-up plans were recently announced by frontman Dave Grohl. "We have been in our studio writing and in the past few weeks we've written an album and we are going to make this album in a way that no-one's ever done before and we're pretty excited about it," he told XFM.

So how do you think honky-tonk Foos would sound like? Let us know in the comments.

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    They go together a lot better than you would think. Uncle Tupelo and a handfull of smaller bands mixed them pretty successfully in the 90's. Tupelo is a great place to start if your new to country.
    Saw the Dead Peasants a few times on their recent tour. Chris is a HELL of a good guitarist and a very nice guy. We talked about guitars for a while!
    This must be where the inspiration for that "Hot Buns" video came from.
    Incredibly true, it's hard to put a finger on it but if you listen to Social Distortion and Mike Ness his solo albums, you kinda get the picture