Taylor Hawkins: 'Everyone in Foo Fighters Has Been Playing Catch Up With Dave Grohl for Last 20 Years'

Band's new album is "going to be more than just a record," the drummer also notes.

Taylor Hawkins: 'Everyone in Foo Fighters Has Been Playing Catch Up With Dave Grohl for Last 20 Years'
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recently discussed the band's massively-anticipated new album, also admitting that in terms of musicianship alone, frontman Dave Grohl is by far the band's most superior member.

"Dave was so far ahead of us to begin with, as a musician, and everyone has been playing catch up with him for the last 20 years, 10 years or however long," Taylor told Loudwire. "We're all kind of getting to that level where we can be proficient enough to be that good. That's exciting to me.

"That's on a purely musical level. I'm not talking about the songwriting," the drummer noted. "I'm not talking about if it's a hit, or what this, that or the other. I'm not going to worry about that, I have nothing to do with that. All I can do is be the best drummer that I can be for the Foo Fighters. And right now, sitting in that seat feels really good back there. I love it. We're in a good place right now, musically. That's all I can say."

Focusing on the new album, Hawkins added, "Yeah, there's an interesting way we're doing the tracking, it's going to be more than just a record. I think all of our records from now on will always be that way because I think Dave understands in order to promote a product musically these days, you need more than just a record. In the '80s and '90s a lot of it was just making a video. Well, they don't show videos anymore. It's up on YouTube. You just have to think outside of the box, you really do. Dave is always thinking outside the box."

In conclusion, Taylor noted, "Essentially, I don't know what Im trying to say other than this is going to be an exciting couple of years for the Foo Fighters once we're done with this little deal we're doing here. Can't really reveal too much, I don't want to. I want to keep it kind of exciting and I don't want to be the guy that lets the cat out of the bag. I've been that guy before, I don't want to be that guy again. But, it's going to be great. If you're a Foo Fighters fan, you’re going to love it. If you're not, than don't worry about it. Change the channel."

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    Everlong729
    Dave Grohl even says that he's not an amazing guitarist. He thinks that Chris Shifflet is miles better than him
    MrKew
    I saw one interview where Krist Novoselic was talking about early Nirvana days, when he and Kurt walked into a room and they saw Dave playing guitar like a boss, so they were really impressed and thought their drummer is a better guitarist than they are.I'm not saying Dave's the best guitarist in the world (or better than Shifflet), but I definitely think he's great at it. For instance when I hear the first FF album, there are some awesome and not-really-easy guitar riffs and bass lines.
    Everlong729
    Oh god yes, the first foo album is my favorite because it has those unique riffs. That post chorus riff in This is a Call is amazing. Oh, George and Floaty are pretty unique as well
    MrKew
    I'll Stick Around..... that ****ing riff ****s with me even after all these years I try to play that song
    Phill-Rock
    I agree, but he plays other instruments too so maybe that's what Taylor meant. Dave's a pretty tight player live too. Who knows, he's obviously a good songwriter but nothing special in playing ability.
    SkepsisMetal
    " in order to promote a product musically these days, you need more than just a record. In the '80s and '90s a lot of it was just making a video. Well, they don't show videos anymore. It's up on YouTube. You just have to think outside of the box" Very true words here. And I'm glad they're not another one of those bands to see that and just think.."**** it, the music industry is ruined. We'd better post a twitter rant and see if everything goes back to the 70s!" Times have always changed, certainly have done in my short lifetime. If you can keep up with it and adapt, then there's always a way to extend your horizons. Good on them.
    winnetouch
    I agree. That's where the Foos have always differed from the rest. They always seemed like this laid back kind of group but in reality they always have complete control over what they are doing. I have no doubt that this is going to be one amazing album, because as Taylor said, Dave knows how to think outside the box. The internet and new media may have brought a lot of downsides to the music industry but with that they have also brought countless opportunity and potential that has yet to be tapped. People like Lars Ulrich that only bitch around about napster, youtube, etc... are just to lazy or uncreative in that regard to use these things to their advantage.
    local_hero
    catching up on dave's musical ability... i've never considered dave grohl as an impressive guitar player...
    asantamariag
    "Dave was so far ahead of us to begin with, as a musician .." He's not talking about dave the "guitar player" he's talking about how dave has managed to be a more complete musician (songwriting, producing, recording, multi instrumentalist, lyricist,) not being the best at guitar techniques. that being said, of course there must be hundred of examples of really impressivw guitar players who also are multi instrumentalists and producers and songwriters!!
    vikkyvik
    Not so sure about that. He did say: That's on a purely musical level. I'm not talking about the songwriting So I feel like he's talking mostly instrumentally.
    BlackLabel5150
    Foo's really aren't my cup of tea, I don't own any albums by them, and as a guitar player I agree with you, technically he's nothing to praise, but I have to give him credit, he does write some "catchy" rock riffs.
    Bigdubb
    As though any of us jam with him behind closed doors. Dude could be shredding some Batio licks and we wouldn't even know it.
    mitchy86
    I am reminded that the opposite effect is going on in RHCP with josh being almost 20 years younger than the others