Monday, December 1, 2014

Foo Fighters - The Feast and The Famine


New week, time to unleash this week's "Record Of The Week".

"Sonic Highways" is the latest release by "Foo Fighters" where each song on the eighth full-length release for the rock band led by Dave Grohl was recorded in a different city: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York, which is documented in the HBO TV series of the same name.

It's pretty cool that they did a documentary around the recording process. I guessed at first that they would have done a more "non" Foo Fighters album, more like a soundtrack of the influences of all the towns they visit during the recording process of this album. But hey we got a new Foo Fighters album, nothing wrong with that, this is a good album.

At eight songs long and 42 minutes, the shortest record they have made so far. Sonic Highways is the Foo Fighters leanest record while it's like a new born child,  wild and sprawling in it's compositions. It's not as direct as we are used to, except for the first single "Something From Nothing", that is an representative lead single in the shape of "Best Of You" and have been featuring here on Tune Of The Day earlier, a typical Foo Fighters tune.

"The Feast and The Famine" is a song that features a strident rock production. Starts of with a pretty easy but noisy guitar riff and Dave almost talk singing up the lines before the song explodes to an "Amen Feast and The Famine". In the lyrics of "The Feast and the Famine", Foo Fighters talk about revolution being "on its way" and surviving in a "the famine". A stylish but right squeaky thing is "Congregation" with it's pretty unexpected dynamic shifts. "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness" is a mid-tempo rock song where Dave Grohl sings to a special girl whom he doesn’t want to lose ever. The song has two titles on its main title because after a guitar break the song turns into a complete a different one. The fifth track "Outside" comes from their stop in Los Angeles, and features special guest Joe Walsh. A diffrent typ of Foo Fighters tune, starts of with a down to earth bass line and builds up to great "jam" tune. I really dig this one. "In The Clear" is a straight forward riffages tune and here we can hear the "Preservation Hall Jazz Band" on clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba and some gang vocals. "Subterranean" is a dreamy soft pop tune with Ben Gibbard on backing vocals and Barrett Jones playing EBow. Last tune "I Am A River" is a firm grip at the strings of emotions by Los Angeles Youth Orchestra.

Well to sum this review up! It's a freakin' fun album. A decent fist-pumping rock'n'roll record. It's not perfect, but hey what is?


Todays tune "The Feast and the Famine" is a song by the American rock band, Foo Fighters. It is the second song and second single from their eighth album Sonic Highways. The song was released on October 24, 2014. The song is inspired by the iconic Washington D.C hardcore punk scene, with the band having traveled to eight different U.S cities to to record each song on the album Sonic Highways. The song was recorded at Inner Ear Studio in Arlington County, Virginia with gang vocals from Pete Stahl and Skeeter Thompson of Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia punk band Scream



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