Foo Fighters have, quite secretly, released a very Foo Fightery EP this week and it’s available to download for FREE! The EP, recorded in a hotel in Austin, Texas of the same name while they were touring on the Sonic Highways album has been released in respect to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at Le Bataclan in Paris a week last Friday. Something that has hit the music community as a whole particularly hard.
Title track ‘Saint Cecilia’ opens up exactly where Sonic Highways left off with an intro wrought with that same tone and familiarity. A little chuggy guitar layering under Dave’s universally recognised vocal breaks off to an almost spiritual verse and chorus. The keyboards, introduced in last year’s hit album take to the fore at times in what can only be described as a happy, boppy little ditty.
Next up are ‘Sean’ which has a One By One look and feel to it and ‘Savior Breath’ with its salute to early day Foos with rough-cut vocal and a couple of surprising solos. Two fun tracks that are like a blast from the epic Foos past, something that had taken a back seat in the more polished and radio-friendly efforts of recent times.
The polar opposite ending to this mini-blast EP are the slightly flat and boring ‘Iron Rooster’ followed by my stand-out, and the EP’s ultimate track ‘The Neverending Sigh’ – THIS is exactly what I want from a band I’ve loved (and at times been frustrated with) over the years. With layers of tasty riffs and beats rumbling underneath Grohl’s drawl until the classic fade-out draws the EP to a close.
Originally a big thank you to the adoring fans that the Foo Fighters have garnered since their self-titled debut album release twenty years ago, but with the recent events in France, they decided it was only right to dedicate it to those victims and their families – a nice gesture.
Dave’s poignant yet hopeful open letter accompanying the release can be read below:
“Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.