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"Sonic Highways," a project conceived by Grohl, will form the basis of an eight-part television series to be shown on HBO starting in October. The show will follow the Foo Fighters as they travel to eight of America's music capitals (including Chicago, Nashville, Austin, Seattle and Washington, DC), immersing themselves in the history, culture and personalities of those cities. At the end of each episode, the Foo Fighters will present a new song which is inspired by their experiences in those cities. Those songs will form the basis of the new Foo Fighters album, which is scheduled for release in the Fall.
As Grohl notes, the project is a departure in many respects from what the band has done previously, moving away from three-minute songs and into weirder territory:
"It's an eight-song album. But it's gonna be our longest album - because there are some epic jams. When you get Joe Walsh with you out in the desert" - referring to a session with the Eagles guitarist at a studio in Joshua Tree, California - "it's not going to be a three-minute pop single. It gets a little weird."
The frontman also states that the project was inspired by a need to do more than just stand in front of a microphone and hit record:
"Hey, kudos to every musician who stands in front of a mic and hits 'record,' But at this point in my life, that's not enough for me. It's time to think of ways to do it differently."