“A button on a string
And I heard everything
Now here I go”
The highly-anticipated HBO documentary, Sonic Highways, debuts tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET that chronicles the making of the Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album. The album’s title is also Sonic Highways. Each hour-long episode is set in a major American city with uniquely important musical roots and it will include recording sessions, video and commentary of each city’s culture, as well as the all-valuable interviews. The band spent one week in each location and, on the last day, Dave Grohl compiled lyrics with key phrases from the interviews. Icons (known and unknown to the general public) in the music industry from virtually every genre are featured, ranging from LL Cool J to Dolly Parton to Willie Nelson to a bevy of punk rockers and longtime producers in the industry. Grohl, Hawkins, Shiflett, Mendel, Smear and Jaffee learn things from these musicians that influence their music today, as well as reminisce with these musicians about their younger days that remind them why they play music for a living.
The album contains eight songs, so therefore eight episodes. This implies that only the best songs made the record. It’s ambitious. It’s creative. It’s inspiring. It’s fun. It’s rock ‘n roll.
It’s Foo Fighters.
Below is a snippet of their first single, “Something from Nothing.”
The Sonic Highways album will be released November 10th, once again produced by Butch Vig. And fans of his and the band know this collaboration means this record will have maxed out its potential from this cross-country musical journey. This follow-up partnership from “Wasting Light” alone is exciting.
There’s something special here and the Foo Fighters have wasted no effort to deliver it.