We got our first preview of the upcoming Foo Fighters album Medicine at Midnight over the weekend with the lead single “Shame Shame,” which definitely did not sound like your typical Foo Fighters tune. That may be because Medicine at Midnight isn’t your typical Foo Fighters album.
“Since it’s our tenth record and 25th anniversary, we decided years ago that we wanted to do something that sounded fresh,” frontman Dave Grohl tells NME. The result, as he describes it, is a “Saturday night party album.”
“A lot of our favorite records have these big grooves and riffs,” Grohl explains. “I hate to call it a funk or dance record, but it’s more energetic in a lot of ways than anything we’ve ever done and it was really designed to be that Saturday night party album. It was written and sequenced in a way that you put on, and nine songs later you’ll just put it on again.”
The album opener “Making a Fire,” for example, is “rooted in Sly & the Family Stone grooves, but amplified in the way that the Foo Fighters do it,” Grohl says.
Grohl also compares the Medicine at Midnight title track to David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance.” The song “Waiting on a War,” meanwhile, sounds “the most recognizable…as Foo Fighters,” he says.
Medicine at Midnight is due out February 5, 2021. Hopefully, by then, we’ll be able to hold Saturday night parties once again.
By Josh Johnson
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