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Foo Fighters have shared a page of lyrics presumably belonging to a track from their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, via Instagram. The lyrics were shared along with a new teaser for the band’s forthcoming HBO documentary series, in which the band members detail the show’s format.
“There you go again / Putting words into my mouth / This one’s for you to know / And for me to find out“, opens some of the latest lyrics from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. In the latest Sonic Highways teaser, Grohl opens up on the experimental process behind penning lyrics for the band’s new album.
“Basically, we come to a city and we start recording an instrumental, because I interview all of these different musicians from that city,” says Grohl of the format of the new HBO series. According to Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, the interviewing process gave Grohl “a whole new way of writing lyrics”.
“He’s like, ‘I’m gonna take sentences from the interviews and write a song,’” explains Hawkins, before Grohl lists some of the figures interviewed. “If you go to Nashville, you have to talk to Dolly [Parton], if you go to Austin, you have to talk to Willie [Nelson], if you go to New York, you have to talk to Chuck D. It’s all over the map. We talked to LL Cool J, Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett, Buddy Guy, Mike D, Bonnie Raitt.”
Grohl says viewers will then see excerpts from the interviews featured in the lyrics of the band’s new material, performed in each episode. “So the finale of the episode, when you see us performing the song, you’ll recognise all of these references from stories that you’ve heard in the last hour,” he explains.
When the rock giants first detailed the documentary series and their new album back in May, a statement indicated that the lyrics of the album were written “in an unprecedented experimental style”. According to the statement, Grohl “held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.”
Meanwhile, the band revealed early last month that the first song to be taken from the Sonic Highways album, which is slated for a worldwide release on 10th November, will debut with the premiere of the Sonic Highways television series. The series is set to debut Stateside on HBO on 17th October.
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