Foo Fighters Debut New Single 'Rope'

The Foo Fighters are officially releasing the newest single from their upcoming album "Wasting Light" today via their web site and facebook page.

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The Foo Fighters are officially releasing the newest single from their upcoming album "Wasting Light" today via their web site and Facebook page.

Titled "Rope," the song is the second track off of "Wasting Light" to be released, and the first official single.

It will be available for purchase online beginning March 1st as both a digital single and a free download with an iTunes pre-order of the new album.

Releasing April 12th, "Wasting Light" was recorded entirely on analog equipment in Dave Grohl's garage in San Fernando Valley, California. The resultant raw sound is something rarely heard in the age of powerful sound processing software and computer manipulation of studio recordings.

The Foo Fighters' website claims that the "no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of [their]15-year-plus career."

"The Pretender," the first single off the band's previous album, was released in mid-2007 and remained at number one on Billboard's Modern Rock chart for a record 18 weeks. "The Pretender" also won the Foo Fighters a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Song.

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    Forkman
    High hopes for this - I really really liked the QOTSA-ish groove of White Limo, hope the rest of the album is in a similar vein.
    BassFishin
    Daburcor wrote: I have to say; I have no idea what people didn't like about the last couple of records. They weren't all that different from anything else the band had done prior, yet they got SO much shit! I think it's the heaviness argument bugs me the most, because they ALWAYS had more stripped down or 'poppy' tracks on their albums. The way people talk, you'd think they were some kind of super-heavy metal band that turned into Glen ****ing Campbell or something. The Foo Fighters have made consistently good records since the '90s and, judging by the bits I've heard of this one, I'm sure they'll be keeping with that trend.
    I'm totally with you, man. There isn't a Foo record that I don't like.
    Koethe
    Its good. Not awful, but nowhere near great. I respect others views and love of Foo Fighters, but this song is just.. average. Sounds a lot more like something you would hear a local nobody band play, than a song thats going to have any real longevity.
    kook as kashmir
    sunburst steve wrote: this sounded pretty digital regarding that they didn't use software/computers. but still sounds foo-ish. this album looks promising.
    No it doesn't, there's tape distortion(mmmmm so tasty) which has a certain sound to it. What you might think of as "digital sounding" is the fact that it's streaming as lossy MP3 over the internet so it has digital artifacts in it. Buy the CD when it comes out and I'd say you'll be satisfied. I love this song, White Limo was pretty good too. I'm pumped for this album
    Msu_Man04
    mrcrono wrote: Shukman_Jr wrote: gargomaster wrote: Dear Foo Fighters, Thanks for making music worth listening to again. The past couple of albums I got really sick Grohl's voice because it was so whiny. But when he is angry and seems like he has something to say. Golden. With a hint of the Grohl growl. Mmmm. White Limo, his yell. You know what I'm talking about. 'BOUT TIME! The past couple albums? How many is a couple? You think In Your Honor was whiny? That was their last one before ESP&G. Tell me what's whiny about the songs Hell or The Last Song. If the last couple means three, then you must be talking about One by One, and if you don't like One by One, you don't know Foo Fighters. Honestly I didn't like One By One that much. Not that I'm disagreeing with you haha but compared to most other Foo Fighters records its not one of my favorites
    One By One had more... forgettable songs than the other albums. Overdrive, Burn Away, Disenchanted Lullaby, Halo... I mean, they're all definitely alright songs, just... not too jaw-dropping.
    Daburcor wrote: I have to say; I have no idea what people didn't like about the last couple of records. They weren't all that different from anything else the band had done prior, yet they got SO much shit! I think it's the heaviness argument bugs me the most, because they ALWAYS had more stripped down or 'poppy' tracks on their albums. The way people talk, you'd think they were some kind of super-heavy metal band that turned into Glen ****ing Campbell or something. The Foo Fighters have made consistently good records since the '90s and, judging by the bits I've heard of this one, I'm sure they'll be keeping with that trend.
    Yeah, they never were THAT heavy until One By One. They had heavy aspects in songs. The first record was more aggressive than heavy; their first taste of true heaviness was "Stacked Actors." Songs like "I'll Stick Around," "Good Grief," "Enough Space," and "Wind Up" are just aggressive. Unless you're counting B-Sides, which would include the SONG "The Colour and the Shape," which is a freaking heavy song. I don't care. I love all Foo albums.
    sunburst steve
    this sounded pretty digital regarding that they didn't use software/computers. but still sounds foo-ish. this album looks promising.
    chedita
    personally I didn't like white limo (because it' something I wouldn't want from them), but this definately brings the foo sound in there while feeling new. Now I can't wait for the whole album!
    InfernalFender
    I never really understood the distaste the Foo's last album seemed to get. I thought it was great. As for this song, I think it's great. I especially like the intro.
    Daburcor
    I have to say; I have no idea what people didn't like about the last couple of records. They weren't all that different from anything else the band had done prior, yet they got SO much shit! I think it's the heaviness argument bugs me the most, because they ALWAYS had more stripped down or 'poppy' tracks on their albums. The way people talk, you'd think they were some kind of super-heavy metal band that turned into Glen ****ing Campbell or something. The Foo Fighters have made consistently good records since the '90s and, judging by the bits I've heard of this one, I'm sure they'll be keeping with that trend.
    BassFishin
    Shukman_Jr wrote: gargomaster wrote: Dear Foo Fighters, Thanks for making music worth listening to again. The past couple of albums I got really sick Grohl's voice because it was so whiny. But when he is angry and seems like he has something to say. Golden. With a hint of the Grohl growl. Mmmm. White Limo, his yell. You know what I'm talking about. 'BOUT TIME! The past couple albums? How many is a couple? You think In Your Honor was whiny? That was their last one before ESP&G. Tell me what's whiny about the songs Hell or The Last Song. If the last couple means three, then you must be talking about One by One, and if you don't like One by One, you don't know Foo Fighters.
    Actually, Dave Grohl has personally stated that he really didn't like One by One. None of the band really did. They said that it was sort of thrown together. That being said, they have stated that they wish that "In Your Honor" would be the album that represented them. something like "If we're going to be remembered for any album, I'd want it to to be In Your Honour" Something like that.
    mrcrono
    Shukman_Jr wrote: gargomaster wrote: Dear Foo Fighters, Thanks for making music worth listening to again. The past couple of albums I got really sick Grohl's voice because it was so whiny. But when he is angry and seems like he has something to say. Golden. With a hint of the Grohl growl. Mmmm. White Limo, his yell. You know what I'm talking about. 'BOUT TIME! The past couple albums? How many is a couple? You think In Your Honor was whiny? That was their last one before ESP&G. Tell me what's whiny about the songs Hell or The Last Song. If the last couple means three, then you must be talking about One by One, and if you don't like One by One, you don't know Foo Fighters.
    Honestly I didn't like One By One that much. Not that I'm disagreeing with you haha but compared to most other Foo Fighters records its not one of my favorites
    chhang
    white limo is the shit. its like a cross between weenie beanie, podunk and the colour and the shape. classic foos when they were great
    syn4ever
    Can't wait for this album. Now they just need to go on tour and come to Texas so I can finally see them live
    beineken
    well, this and "white limo" should silence the whines of "wheel" haters.
    hanselrocks1
    L2112Lif wrote: This is SO reminiscent of Rush pieces its incredible, I mean he's even got the , , harmonic pattern in there. I am def buying two copies of this CD when it comes out.
    i thought the same thing, like maybe a late 90s rush, and if not Rush then something really eclectic-ish especially the intro
    remelston
    THERE ISN'T A GOOD TAB FOR THIS SONG YET, SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE ONE! AND WHY HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THIS. THIS IS A GUITAR FORUM!
    Stone Agean
    johnyguitar wrote: What solo.....oh thats right...that is what passes for a solo these days....wonder what Steve Vai and Eric Johnson think of the ....solo.....here come the old man comments...but at least we old men can actually play a real solo.....
    Its not because you're old, it's because you are an egotistical douche-bag that needs to understand just how valuable and rewarding it is to be able to appreciate a variety of styles, even if they don't fit into your narrow box of what is acceptable for a song to be. New song is pretty decent, definite Rush and Zeppelin influence in the drums which isn't a surprise considering they are massive fans of both bands.
    garret.wilk
    johnyguitar wrote: What solo.....oh thats right...that is what passes for a solo these days....wonder what Steve Vai and Eric Johnson think of the ....solo.....here come the old man comments...but at least we old men can actually play a real solo.....
    A true musician will do what is needed in the song. I've been playing guitar for going on 12 years and as cool as shredding is, its not always needed. Speed is great and is fun to play, but often lacks feel and emotion. The solo's that give me chills are combinations . ps im a big gaylord n shouldnt leave shit open at work, free bobs all night guys >16 preferably
    Johnashley0416
    solo means by yourself.....like all negative comments....i like to listen to the foo fighters not the FAN fighters.....
    a drummer
    johnyguitar wrote: What solo.....oh thats right...that is what passes for a solo these days....wonder what Steve Vai and Eric Johnson think of the ....solo.....here come the old man comments...but at least we old men can actually play a real solo.....
    Bravo for having the most ignorant comment of the day!
    SGofawesome
    johnyguitar wrote: What solo.....oh thats right...that is what passes for a solo these days....wonder what Steve Vai and Eric Johnson think of the ....solo.....here come the old man comments...but at least we old men can actually play a real solo.....
    ... Just because a solo is all over the place doesn't make it a real solo. It's the fact that the solo is remembered. Now everyone certainly remembers Cliffs of Dover. It didn't even take Guitar Hero to show that to me, I knew that song before guitar hero. But it's solos like "Nothing Else Matters" or "Bohemian Rapsody" or "Sweet Child O' Mine" that are the best. Because they're most remembered. You can sing along. Now, being a fan of Megadeth, Slayer, Lamb of God, and many other bands, I know it takes a lotta skill to play a Dimebag solo or a Mustaine solo more than a Foo Fighters solo. But if it sounds all over the place (Kerry King), then people won't remember it. It's solos that are remembered that are the best ones.
    johnyguitar
    What solo.....oh thats right...that is what passes for a solo these days....wonder what Steve Vai and Eric Johnson think of the ....solo.....here come the old man comments...but at least we old men can actually play a real solo.....
    Johnashley0416
    the new song is amazing and rocks it's ass off!!! so far this has potential to be my fav foo album
    Zell182
    White Limo is better than their last two albums put together so I was already sold on this new album. Never understood the hype for The Pretender and Best Of You.
    Galfadez
    Wow this is really great, whats with all the comments at the top. Just from this song I can tell the albums gonna be better than there last
    yeafunty
    both songs are awesome, but i prefer this. gotta love the white limo video though. u can always count on dave grohl to come out with awesome vids
    xstatic44
    Why do people keep talking about QOTSA and TCV? Just because Grohl and Homme have collaborated on projects doesn't mean Homme's influence is going to spill over on Foo's work by default. Actually listen to structure, melodies, dynamics, vocal styles and harmonies and the emotions invoked in a song before jumping to conclusions.
    Shukman_Jr
    gargomaster wrote: Dear Foo Fighters, Thanks for making music worth listening to again. The past couple of albums I got really sick Grohl's voice because it was so whiny. But when he is angry and seems like he has something to say. Golden. With a hint of the Grohl growl. Mmmm. White Limo, his yell. You know what I'm talking about. 'BOUT TIME!
    The past couple albums? How many is a couple? You think In Your Honor was whiny? That was their last one before ESP&G. Tell me what's whiny about the songs Hell or The Last Song. If the last couple means three, then you must be talking about One by One, and if you don't like One by One, you don't know Foo Fighters.
    jtalep
    well it's no 'Pretender' in terms of power, so I don't see it being number 1 for long, but I like it...I think. Definitely a grower.
    BassFishin
    I'll admit this isn't the strongest song they could have released (and i am a huge Foo fan), but it's a great one nonetheless. Definitely something that they haven't really done before, or at least as distinguishably so. White Limo of course kicked serious arse. I'm confident that I won't be disappointed with this record.
    TrollFace
    i like the 2 songs released but im debating whether to buy or download the album. I bought echoes, silence, patience, and grace but i felt ripped off. there were only a handful of songs that seemed worth listening to compared to In Your Honor.
    MAXPAYNE4664
    Just heard it on the radio. Didn't really impress me as a whole but I did like the little drum fill section.
    Tone Deaf
    After listening to it a couple times... I like it. XD Alot. But yeah. Definitely something different. Which I expected. I mean, hell. Like he said. Who wants to be in a band that plays the same thing forever? just a little experimentation. Something ALL bands should take note from.
    alexlgrp
    Rope is definitely a grower and far better than White Limo - hopefully they'll steer away from QOTSA messiness and TCV dreariness and put out a proper Foos album of old.
    L2112Lif
    This is SO reminiscent of Rush pieces its incredible, I mean he's even got the , , harmonic pattern in there. I am def buying two copies of this CD when it comes out.
    chhang
    the songs kinda meh. it has some good points but from what ive herd live from them the song is not gonna be a foo classic.