Foo Fighters new LP “Sonic Highways” out in Nov! Tracklist revealed!

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Foo Fighters have today revealed that their new album will be titled Sonic Highways.

The LP is slated for released on the 10th of November, with the 180-gram vinyl edition featuring nine covers, including one for each of the eight cities the band recorded in for the record.

Frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that the album will feature guest appearances by a number of notable musicians, including Chuck D, Carrie Underwood, Gary Clark, Jr., Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and Joe Walsh. He has also revealed that the album will be the Foos’ longest. “When you get Joe Walsh with you out in the desert, it’s not going to be a three-minute pop single.”

The complete tracklist for Sonic Highways is as follows:

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways1. “Something From Nothing”
2. “The Feast and the Famine”
3. “Congregation”
4. “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness”
5. “Outside”
6. “In the Clear”
7. “Subterranean”
8. “I Am a River”


Grohl has said in conversation with Rolling Stone that the album had originally been planned to be even bigger, taking in recording locations the world over. However, as soon as it became apparent that the plan would not be financially viable, the band instead decided to focus on their homeland: “We’re an American band,” he said. “We wouldn’t be the band we are if it wasn’t for the cities here and their music.”

Check out a new video clip, featuring some of the music from the album, below!

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Foo Fighters tease 8 seconds of 8th album!

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Following yesterday’s reveal of what might be the Foo Fighters new album cover art, the teases continue afresh today!

The band have now released an 8 second clip featuring snippets of material from the new record, most notably frontman Dave Grohl shouting “All rise!”

It sounds very much like the new album could be the heaviest and most intense work that the Foos have released for some time.

Check out the clip below:

A further “major” announcement is expected from the Foo Fighters camp next Monday 11th August.

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Taylor Hawkins: The Birds Of Satan is my freedom

Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins And Chevy Metal Benefit Concert With The Generation Rescue And Age Of Autism

Taylor Hawkins has said in an interview that The Birds Of Satan, the band he is in with My Ruin’s Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden, is just the freedom he’s needed.

Speaking in an interview with Music Radar, Hawkins admits that he isn’t always able to express himself in Foo Fighters, his regular band fronted by Dave Grohl.


“Not having to share that department with anyone and being able to come up with all my own drum shit, just the way I want it, is such fun because I really don’t always get that freedom in the Foo Fighters. And nor should I, because those are Dave’s songs and, being a drummer himself, he knows exactly how he wants things to be,” he says.

“To be honest, I think the fact that I even get to play drums on Foo Fighters records is kind of astounding, considering one of the greatest drummers of all time is the lead singer of the band and could easily do it by himself.

“So, yes, there is definitely something I get with a project like this that I don’t get with Foo Fighters. And Dave understands that, just as I understand that he’s a drummer first and foremost and needs to go off and play drum gigs every once in a while.”

The Birds Of Satan released their debut album in April this year, garnering a 5/5 review from Skin Back Alley. You can read the review here.

They also recently rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the LA based TV talk show. You can watch their performance of song “Thanks For The Line” below.

Meanwhile, Mick Murphy and Tairrie B. Murphy of My Ruin are heading to the UK in August to play a series of shows, including this year’s Alt Fest.

My Ruin will play:

15th of August: Alt Fest, Kettering
16th of August: Underworld, Camden
17th of August: The Haunt, Brighton
19th of August: Sound Control, Manchester
20th of August: O2 Academy, Birmingham
21st of August: The Fleece, Bristol
22nd of August: Fibbers, York
23rd of August: The Waterfront, Norwich

The band released their latest album, The Sacred Mood, in summer last year, and secured the top spot in Skin Back Alley’s “Best Albums of 2013”. Read what we had to say here.

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Album Review: The Birds of Satan

Birds Of SatanOur Verdict: 5/5
Find it at: The Birds of Satan.com

Holy shitballs, Batman! Is this a Bossa nova record?! Listen! It’s definitely there on ‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’!

Nope.

Wait a minute.

It’s an epic, 70’s-styled psychedelic prog behemoth, redolent of masters such as Pink Floyd! Just check out 10-minute opener ‘The Ballad of The Birds of Satan’, or the harmonious majesty of the album’s closer, ‘Too Far Gone To See’!

Nope.

Hang on, just a second longer.

Actually, it’s a groove-centric, stoner-inflected, straight-up classic rock record! Wrap your ears around that guitar work in ‘Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’, the forward momentum of ‘Thanks for the Line’, or the Allman-esque balladry of ‘Raspberries.’

Nope. That doesn’t quite cover it either.

Somehow, in summary, the eponymous debut album from The Birds of Satan is all of these things and yet none of them. It’s a boundary-hopping, rule-breaking, category-defying rock n’ roll masterpiece. It’s the kind of record that comes around once in a blue moon (or red moon, given the lunar eclipse taking place as the record was released.) Made quickly – it was recorded in a week – and fearlessly by musicians – nay artists – at the top of their game, it’s an absolute gem.

There’s rhythmic complexity and dynamism aplenty across the songs presented here. You might argue that there should be, given that a third of the core band happens to be one of the world’s best known drummers in Taylor Hawkins. But his talented tub-thumping is more than ably matched by Mick Murphy’s skilful six-stringing, and Wiley Hodgden’s dextrous bass.

The chemistry of the group is undeniable, as every track pops and fizzes with a feeling of freedom, release and unabashed joy. You can quite imagine these three men, ensconced in Studio 606, eyes closed, heads down, instinctively feeling their way through each track. And then, after that successful take that captured this lightning in a bottle, looking up at each other, grins on faces, knowing that this is just how they wanted to sound.

Other instrumentation is brought in on selected tracks to complement songs where appropriate; guitar, bass and drums being augmented with piano, harpsichord, studio sounds and – memorably on one occasion – a recording of a crying baby. Dave Grohl and Pat Smear make fleeting guest appearances, and Hawkins’ vocals are strong throughout too, holding the tunes and supplying a welcome, warm, raw and bluesy grit.

And damn, when is Mick Murphy going to get his due?! Here is a wildly under-appreciated guitarist if ever there was one, delivering the music for My Ruin’s best album of their career during 2013, releasing his own new instrumental LP under the Neanderthal moniker, working away on the upcoming Teenage Time Killers album, gigging extensively with Chevy Metal, and now helping to deliver this delightful slab of hair-raising rock n’ roll. They don’t come much better, and his work is stunning throughout, providing several of the albums high points in the tones, textures, rhythms and solos that propel the album along.

Let’s not forget Hodgden, either. Long-time friend of Hawkins or not, you don’t make an album this good without a top-flight rhythm section, and Wiley more than holds his own. Listen closely and there he is, locking the groove, delivering the low-end, bringing the funk and – when Mick takes flight – holding each and every song together.

To say that The Birds of Satan has been consistently talked about as a side-project for Hawkins, Murphy and Hodgden, it feels to these ears far more substantial than that. How the world receives it; whether any more albums appear; whether this proves to be a one off gift or the start of something bigger; only time will tell. Whatever the outcome, be grateful that this fine record exists for your listening pleasure. The pieces of it’s puzzle certainly fit.

So, contrary to popular belief, the Devil doesn’t have all the best tunes. Take a stroll over to his aviary, however, and you might just find them there.

The Birds of Satan is out now on Shanabelle Records.
Buy it, and learn more about the band at The Birds of Satan.com
Check out the band’s promo video for the album below

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The Birds of Satan stream full album via NME

Birds Of SatanThe Birds Of Satan are streaming their eponymous debut album via an exclusive stream on the NME website.

You can listen to the stream here.

The Birds Of Satan is the side project of My Ruin’s Mick Murphy, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden. The album is due for release in the UK on the 14th April.

As NME describes it: “It’s a frenetic blast of sick guitar riffs, epic guitar solos and propulsive drums that was recorded in less than a week. Produced by John Lousteau, The Birds are joined by a bunch of guest artists including Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and keyboard player Rami Jaffee. Enjoy.”

Find out more about the band and pre-order exlusive album packages at the official Birds Of Satan website.

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