Foo Fighters Album Update: 'Only Eight Songs, But It Might Be Our Longest Record'

HBO documentary "Sonic Highways" teaser surfaces, Grohl already has plans for the new album, more tasty stuff inside.

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The nature of the upcoming Foo Fighters album was veiled in mystery long enough, as mastermind Dave Grohl has finally shared more specific details regarding the effort.

Chatting with Billboard, the frontman explained how the record will likely be the band's longest release, despite containing only eight songs.

Furthermore, Dave noted that he already has plans for the next studio release. Also, the band has teased the upcoming HBO series detailing the album's recording process, officially confirming "Sonic Highways" as the show's title.

"We're doing things that we've never done before," Grohl stated yet again. "And I want to say that it's only eight songs but I think it might be our longest record because, as I was writing these songs, I had to take a cinematic approach.

"Like I couldn't just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do. The music is a progression or an evolution for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record," he added.

Asked about the possibility of adding horns to the band's sound, Dave was up for it. "There could be horns on a Foos record, absolutely," he said. "We've never done that before. Honestly, there are sections of songs that will really take you by surprise. And then there are choruses that you'll just recognize as Foo Fighters within the first three seconds."

As reported, the group's been recording the album across eight cities in the US, with local stars such as Cheap Trick or Joe Walsh of the Eagles making guest appearances on each of the tunes. Discussing recording techniques, Dave said that the band's been "dragging two 24-track tape machines around the country because we still love the sound of tape."

According to Dave, the given approach is "easy to do when you just open up the laptop. It's not easy to do when you're dragging two 800-pound two-inch tape machines across the country, but we've done it everywhere we've went."

Dropping a bit of a nuke along the way, Grohl added, "I don't know, man. I mean, I already know what we're doing for the next Foo Fighters record and that's even f--kin' crazier!"

Taking the interviewer by surprise, the frontman noted, "I came up with this idea a month and a half ago. The guys were, like, 'Dude, we have to finish this first.' I know, f--k!"

Back to "Sonic Highways," check out the official announcement teaser below.

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    Everything that I'm hearing about this album is just making me more and more excited
    This will be the record to put the Foo Fighters on the map of all time great rock bands. Legends if you will. And.. I could be wrong but I'm not familiar with the music played in that clip....
    Foo Fighters....Foo Fighters. To be honest, they always seemed a bland band to me. Their music is ok but nothing ultra special. There, I said it. I just broke the glass ceiling. Bring the hatred!
    8 songs, 8 different cities, and it's also their 8th studio album, coincidence or not?
    888 backwards is also 888! Freaky!
    God dammit! I'll drag my balls through STD infected glass shards to get this album in my mail within next week!
    I just so happen to have a copy of the album and heaping piles of STD infected shards of glass. Don't ask how I got either....Are we doing this at my place or yours?
    Sooooo In Your Honor was 83 minutes long... is he counting both discs of that when he says this will be their longest album?!?
    Dragging two 800 pound 24 track tape machines around the country must not be easy. But i bet it will be worth it. I much prefer sound of analogue tape rather than digital recording. Also prefer vinyl over CD.
    I always found their albums following colour and the shape to be a bit safe and...lacking? They had songs for sure but then wasting light came out and blew me away, THAT was a solid rock album so I'm not sure if I have unrealistic expectations for this one...
    Its funny you say "safe" because each cd has progressed far more than the cd before it. I love the colour and the shape, but the creativity in their songs has progressed so much since then.
    I forget what it was called but the double album (the second of which was acoustic) was really ****ing boring outside of a few songs. This band is capable of greatness--that much is evident. Unfortunately, what's more evident is that they don't consistently capitalize on that potential.
    even though im extremely excited for this album.....only 8 songs.....
    Not exactly a solid reason to be disappointed. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here: 5 tracks NIN's Broken: 8 tracks Led Zeppelin IV: 8 tracks Hawkwind's In Search of Space: 6 tracks Deep Purple's Machine Head: 7 tracks
    Let's keep this up! Black Sabbath's Ozzy albums: 7 to 8 tracks Deep Purple's In Rock: 7 tracks Rush's 2112: 6 tracks Dio's Holy Diver: 9 tracks Iron Maiden's Powerslave: 8 tracks
    I'm on ultimate-metal/ and no mention of Master of Puppets? This is outragous! Btw there's also: Talking heads - Remain in the light The Cure - Pornography Megadeth - Peace sells... But who's buying? The Pixies - Come on pilgrim Death - Leprosy (and Human too!) Boston - Boston Sigur Ros - ( ) Mastodon - Crack the Skye Public image ldt. - First issue Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power Radiohead - King of limbs Television - Marquee moon New Order - Power, corruption, lies Mc5 - Kick out the jams From the top of my head, can't recall more right now...
    Let's add to that. The first 11 Rush albums had only between 4 and 8 tracks, up until Hold Your Fire (10 tracks.
    Metallica - Ride the Lightning 8 tracks Metallica - Master of Puppets 8 tracks Rush - Moving Pictures 7 tracks