Review: New Foo Fighters EP Has Nothing Revolutionary, But It’s Free

The mysterious countdown on the Foo Fighters official website has given way to a surprise release of a five song E.P., Saint Cecilia, for free download. Read on for Alternative Nation’s track-by-track recap of the release and an open letter from Dave Grohl describing the intent of Saint Cecilia and the impact of the recent tragedy in Paris.

The eponymous “Saint Cecilia” kicks off the E.P. with the “comfort food” side of the Foos familiar in tunes like “Walk” and “Learn to Fly”, with layered vocals from Dave Grohl accompanying a country/heartland melody.

“Sean”, the shortest and fastest tune of the release clocking in at 02:11, captures a pop-punk vibe in the verses punctuated by a simple chorus hook consisting of a noodly riff and shouts of “Sean!”.

“Savior Breath” fuses the Foos’ Washington D.C. hardcore punk roots with Motorhead; it’s one of the group’s heaviest songs, right up there with “White Limo” off of 2011’s Wasting Light. Dave Grohl’s solo is one of the most memorable out of his recent output.

“Iron Rooster” is the slow acoustic ballad here, capturing a bit of a Pink Floyd-vibe in Dave Grohl’s vocals and loose guitar solos.

Closing out the five songs is “The Neverending Sigh”, featuring a powerfully driving riff and some very impressive bass work from Nate Mendel despite its vocal hook falling flat

There’s nothing revolutionary here, the E.P. more or less just existing as an extension of Sonic Highways and a treat for established fans. The five songs here more or less have the same impact as the first half of the aforementioned record, but neither reach the heights of 2011’s Wasting Light, nor really have any consistency/flow (which is to expected, considering the songs are made up of “orphaned” song concepts throughout the band’s career). In the end, however, it’s a free Foo Fighters release: you can’t go wrong with that.

See Dave Grohl’s letter to fans below discussing the Paris terrorist attacks and the EP.

19 November 2015

Tonight, 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.

Dave Grohl

8 November 2015

Hey.

Thanks.

For real.

It was in Austin, Texas March 14th, 2013, at the last show of the “Sound City Players” when I was given a small, but very relevant and perhaps prophetic gift from my Sound City movie producers Jim Rota and John Ramsay. An empty journal, with a note that said something along the lines of, “Congratulations on everything Sound City…..now get to work on the next project!” It was the most beautiful way to end something that I wanted so badly to last forever: with a new beginning.

The basic concept of the Sonic Highways album and series was born right then and there, in a small backstage room surrounded by mountains of Lone Star beer and Stubbs BBQ. 8 songs, 8 cities, 8 studios, and a musical road trip of a lifetime. Removing the Foo Fighters from our comfort zone and challenging the process from top to bottom, it breathed new life into the band, and set us on a journey that unquestionably exceeded any of our simple expectations. And now it has led us here. To another beautiful ending.

So, where do I begin?

We owe it all to Mexico City.

Unbeknownst to them, the people who attended those two concerts back in December, 2013 at Foro Sol stadium helped fund the filming and recording of the bulk of the Sonic Highways project. They were the fuse that lit this little firecracker, baby. Without those gigs, many may have never heard the incredible and truly inspiring life stories of Buddy Guy, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr, Bruce Pavitt, Fred Drake, Terry Lickona, Joan Jett, Steve Rosenthal, Nora Guthrie……a list too long to share here. But, beyond giving our band the equivalent of a rock and roll university year abroad, they gave the entire world the most priceless gift: Inspiration. So….Gracias a todos, Mexico….we couldn’t have done it without you.

Before long, our rag tag crew of ne’er-do-wells was stumbling from city to city, coast to coast, taking in every drop (!) of 100 proof American culture we could squeeze. Dancing in a New Orleans second line parade, laying under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, walking the streets of Chicago in -30 degree weather…it was an American dream come true. Our only responsibility was to share it with you, and the brave people of HBO trusted us with that much. (very freely, I might add.) Blind faith? Perhaps. But, without Nina Rosenstein, we would not be the people who we are today. Looking back, she gave us something immeasurably generous: some of the greatest memories of our lives. These people and places that we experienced have filled our hearts…and ultimately our songs. So, thank you, Nina. We are yours. But, focused on the moment, we never in our wildest dreams could have imagined the whirlwind 23 months that lay ahead of us. We just put one foot in front of the other, and kept moving….

I must admit, I never looked at our schedule. I was too scared. I knew that this was it. This was the big one. There was talk of stadiums, and anniversaries, and TV shows. South Africa, Korea, Colombia. Letterman and Glastonbury. It all seemed too good to be true! But, as always, we kept our heads down and tried to appreciate every single moment as it fled. Because, you realize, none of this was ever supposed to happen. Ever. As we approached our twentieth anniversary, it was hard not to look back on all of those years and smile while shaking our heads in wonder and disbelief. From the Mike Watt van tour of 1995, to RFK stadium in Washington DC (my hometown gig) July 4th, 2015…those dots don’t necessarily connect in real life, you know? It still boggles the mind. But, the spoils of these blessings are not lost upon us. We count every last one.

Even the disasters.

A lucky break? Yeah, you could call it that. Gothenburg was a swift reminder that life is short, and that we’re all here to live it together, no matter what adversity you’re faced with. (Music! The perfect remedy!) Sure, weeks and weeks of shuffling around hotel rooms on my butt with a cast on my leg, trying to pack my suitcase alone before lobby call got pretty fucking stale pretty fucking quick. But, as always, I just put one foot in front of……well, the same one for a while there…

And then everything changed. The energy. The atmosphere. THE THRONE. I was no longer afraid to look at the schedule, I was glued to it. The challenge that we faced from there on out became more of a mission, or a dare, if you will. And it showed. Pat’s smile got even wider (an infallible barometer of all things), Chris’s solos got even faster (thank God someone knows what they’re doing up there), Nate’s stage moves more daring (I once noticed him just to the left of me) and Taylor’s drum set….well….it got pinker. But not without the help of scores of hardworking bad asses that some might call the Foo Fighters road crew (we like refer to them as family, in a very Manson Family kind of way…) They ultimately deserve the lion’s share of credit for keeping this old circus tent erect for the past 6 months. So, let’s all have a nice, warm diet Coke for them tonight. They’re the hardest working motherfuckers in the business. Cheers.

And so we trudged on. Any fatigue was met with an explosion of energy once the curtain went up. Any pain was met with the adrenaline of thousands of voices singing along. Every one of you kept us alive for a while there. One night, at a point where I felt like I was at the end of my rope, it came to me that these few hours we have together every night were something like a heavy blanket to retreat under. I could always rely on our time together to get me to the next stop. Again, and again. From Chicago to Cesena.

That being said….we’ve always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just….know. You get that feeling that, if you’re not careful, you’ll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say “Hey…don’t spend it all in one place, asshole.” A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course…we could keep going. After all, we’d made it this far, right? What’s another 20 years?

Around that time we arrived in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival. A massive gig, two weekends and hundreds of acts, it was to be some of our final American performances for this album. There’s a certain bittersweet relief to that. On one hand, you’re carrying these monumental experiences under your wing as you anticipate life outside of a tour bus. On the other hand, you fear that the thrill and joy of sharing music with people all over the world will leave you like an empty shell when it’s gone. It becomes your everything. And that’s terrifying.

The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as “A lush retreat from the world”. And, believe me, that it is! 14 rooms and a small bar, it’s tucked away in the trees within a bustling, Austin neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a “thank you” for the last 2 years. Though there’s a world class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (Arlyn Studios, look it up.), the hotel manager, Jenny offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire Sonic Highways concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la Sonic Highways, and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls…

By 6 pm the next day, the office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Instant studio, courtesy of the legendary Kevin Szymanski! (Those fancy computer things are pretty convenient! More on that another time….) Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us. Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished. Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. (The Neverending Sigh is 20 years old! Was once called 7 corners for all you die hards out there…) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an “album”, we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual “This Is Your Life” of the Foo Fighters. It was so good, but again, bittersweet knowing that it was all soon coming to an end.

By midnight, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had arrived, and the “session” turned into a full on party. Guitars were abandoned for horns and the room started swinging (spinning?). People danced between the cables and microphones, dancing behind the bar, strumming acoustic guitars on the patio. Danny Clinch did what Danny Clinch does, capturing the moments in his beautiful pictures between cocktails. Gary Clark Jr. sat on the patio in the candlelight, jamming along with friends from a couch. As the hours passed, the atmosphere had reached exactly what every recording experience should be: A celebration. “Always record! Always record!” said Jack Black in that infamous Tenacious D episode from years ago. Truer words have never been spoken. Because you just might miss something that you’ll never get back again. Moments that happen once in a lifetime. By the time that weekend was over, we had recorded 5 songs in that tiny room.

Weekend two was spent recording vocals and guitars in my bedroom, room 4. More friends, more margaritas, a fire in the fire pit. The most fabulous Cambria Harkey floated in, slinging her camera to insure that this wasn’t all just a dream. The porch was buzzing with activity as I did vocals in my bathroom, stepping in and out to listen to the previous takes. The coffee table became a pile of guitar pedals and scribbled lyrics, beer bottles and ashtrays. At one point, a familiar face walked in and said, “Dave…..it’s Ben Kweller…..” It had been years! Such a talented young man. We hugged, hit play to listen to the last vocal take, and he instinctively started singing the perfect harmony to my line. Without hesitation, I immediately said, “Get your ass in there and sing it right now.” So he picked up the coffee stained piece of hotel stationary with my lyrics penciled on it and banged out his part in two glorious takes. Always record, ladies and gentlemen. Always record. The night faded, friends and family scattered, and I fell asleep with my still glowing amp at the foot of my bed.

It was heartbreaking to leave that place, to say the least. I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it. The perfect unity of life, and love, and music is something that only comes around so often and in certain circumstances. When you feel it coming on, you have to take hold of it. That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes. Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that we’re giving to you today. Thank you, Saint Cecilia. You made us feel right at home.

And, the music? Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder…those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now….

So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.

To each and every one of you that made the past few years the best our band has ever had, thank you. You have all given us so much, and we are eternally grateful.

For real.

One foot in front of the other….

Dave


 

  • Felonious Punk

    I’m only on my second listen to this EP, but it’s already a strong contender for Album of the Year in 2015. These guys are on fire and you’d be hard pressed to find any band in the world today who could write five songs this great over a year-long period, let alone in a few weeks from some abandoned song sketches.

    ‘Sean’ is easily a “song of the year” contender, too. Just a nasty little rocker with a sneering vocal and a catchy-as-hell chorus that really brings the hard rock goods. No other band has balls like the Foos to pull of something this bold, and for free no less.

    Not sure what EP that Doug guy was listening to, but he’s also the same guy who thought Blaster was a better album than Tiny Music and Core, so take everything he says with a mountain of salt.

    Have a listen for yourself: this is the Foos at their hard-rock blazing best. And to think that Dave created this epic shit on just one leg..

    • Jimmy Intense

      Dave does not = Foo Fighters and hasn’t since their 1st album which is probably why they continue to suck hard. You may see it differently if you pull your Erroneous Spunk out of his ass.

      • Felonious Punk

        Boy, look at all the Foo haters digging this new EP! I mean, why else would you be checking out this article unless you were interested, right?

        Also, you get extra bonus points for one of the most dipshitted comments of the year on AltNation. So you’re saying that when the Foos is Dave alone, they don’t suck, but when they add a guy from the Germs, a guy from SDRE, a drummer who is the heir apparent to Dave himself and the guitarist from NUFAN, they suddenly “suck hard”?

        Yea, because THAT makes a ton of sense. Indeed. I didn’t realize they had wi-fi on the short buses these days..

        • Jimmy Intense

          Yes that’s exactly what I’m saying. Them Crooked Vultures weren’t amazing despite the presence of Grohl, Homme and Jones. Sometimes a band need to know when to quit.

          You’re obviously not a musician (or a good one at that) if you don’t find the Foo Fighters vanilla and boring, even by today’s standards.

          • http://Boom.com Boom

            The Jimmy. Boom do the agree with all you do speaking but the Vultures be the great band. They be great with the Grohl on drumsticks and no doing singing.
            Fuck the Foo fight. They be the pure shit band.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Cheers Boom! While I don’t consider TCV to be amazing, they are still one of my favorite ‘supergroups’. Just trying to highlight for Erroneous Spunk that sometimes the band a musician comes from does not equal greatness in all subsequent bands they join (cough FF cough)

          • Felonious Punk

            Boo hoo. You took my obviously sarcastic post about the new Foos EP at face value — PROVING you only come around here to shit on certain bands — and then looked like a dumbass trying to make a salient point about something that was a joke in the first place.

            Again, it takes a special kind of nincompoop to completely miss that one. Nice work, brainless.

          • Jimmy Intense

            You must be real fun at parties…

          • Felonious Punk

            All out of replies? That didn’t take long. You windbags never last more than a round or two.

            Felonious, via knockout, for the win 🙂

          • Jimmy Intense

            Also the way you worship all-things-Dave does not allow for sarcasm. But really, you get an A for effort.

          • Felonious Punk

            Right? It’s almost as if that obsessive worship from an obvious smartass like myself couldn’t possibly be anywhere close to serious, doesn’t it?

            Peer closely and see, Dense-y. You’re so close…

          • Corndog

            I have to say i’m not entirely comfortable with an American using the word nincompoop. It just seems wrong somehow.

            Now, before you get on your high horse about that comment, you should know that it was not a knee jerk reaction; I ruminated on it for many hours. I slept on it and everything.

          • Felonious Punk

            As long as you were ‘t naked when you slept on it or anything…

          • Corndog

            How did you know??

          • Felonious Punk

            And you’re obviously a gifted and incredibly reknowned musician to be telling us all how unaccomplished and horrid the Foos are, I guess?

            In that case, please regale us all with five bands in today’s music scene that you find more relevant and accomplished than the Foos, Mr. War of Opinion.

            In the meantime, I’ll start doing some abdomen stretches because I’m sure my sides will be hurting with laughter after reading your reply.

    • John

      Get your head out of Grohl’s asshole, you narrow minded cum dumpster.

      • Felonious Punk

        Lololololol @ “narrow-minded cum dumpster”. Boy, you really put some thought into that one. Looks like we have a Nickelback fanboy in our midst!

        You can always spot a noob by their willingness to take a Felonious post as gospel..

        • John

          More thought than a cliched “you must like Nickelback” comment apparently, but that’s not saying much.

          • Felonious Punk

            Would anyone other than a Nickelback fan use an insult like “narrow-minded cum dumpster”?

            When the shoe fits, lace that bitch up and wear it!

          • John

            Apparently Nickelback = avant garde, jazz, and generally good music. Stick to Foo Fighters and leave the real music to the true listeners, pleb.

          • Felonious Punk

            Well, that says it all…I’m bantering with a guy who thinks Nickelback is good, cutting-edge music. It’s all so clear now.

            Like I said, it takes a special kind.

          • John

            Lol, you are the worst troll. I get it, “hey look, this guys likes Nickelback!”

            I appreciate all styles of music, not just one, like you do. Once you can appreciate everything from Beethoven to Nickelback, and everything in between, then get back to me, pleb.

          • Felonious Punk

            Haha yea, so the guy who appreciates all forms of music is also under the impression that Nickelback is a better band than the Foo Fighters? According to what facet? Their ability to suck dumbasses like yourself into their corporate rock orbit?

            I can’t believe you just mentioned Nickelback in the same sentence as Beethoven, either. That REALLY says it all. You can’t imagine how hard I’m laughing at you right now.

          • John

            I’ll take Creed over Foo Fighters.

            And I can guarantee you’re not laughing as hard as I am right now.

          • Felonious Punk

            Actually, I can guarantee that I am. What a sad, sad life it must be to value bands like Nickelback and Creed over bands like the Foo Fighters or Them Crooked Vultures.

          • Corndog

            I just want to interject at this point and say, i think The Foo’s, Creed AND Nickleback are all shit!! Chad does have pretty hair though. Good teeth too.

          • Felonious Punk

            Just to be clear, I have no problem with anyone not liking the Foo Fighters.

            It’s these fucking adults who come here and try to say that Nickelback in Crete are better than the Foo Fighters, or mention the Nickelback in the same sentence as Beethoven that shows just how misguided they are.

          • Corndog

            I know you don’t man. Why would you? So long as we each enjoy the music that moves us it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Though I do appreciate you letting me slap those two John guys around all day yesterday 😀

            You reap what you sow, I guess

          • Corndog

            Everyone seemed to be giving as good as they got so I figured I’d let it burn itself out. No one was being too mean so I didn’t feel the need to intervene, it was getting there though:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Always love a good AN shitstorm every now and then. Who knew a five-song Foos EP or my love for them could incite such rage? 😀

          • Corndog

            You’re a fucking trouble maker:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Nah, I just enjoy goofing off on this site. The articles kind of lend themselves to it most times. And it’s always funny when people take things out of context and completely lose their mind over it.

          • Ben

            …. After all it gets things moving uh 😉

          • John

            It’s hard to believe that someone could be so stupid and gullible. Then I stumbled upon you.

          • Felonious Punk

            …and you realized not everyone was as stupid and gullible as you?

          • John

            How exactly am I gullible?

            I can tell you that literally any band is better than Foo Fighters and you’ll get all pissy and believe me.

            The best part is I actually like some Foo’s music, but it’s too much fun getting a rise out of you.

          • Felonious Punk

            Ladies and gentlemen, I rest my case.

          • John

            So your trolling method is fooling people into believing you’re retarded?

            Well done. You got me!

          • Felonious Punk

            LoL I’m sure people here DO think I’m retarded. And that’s fine by me because I couldn’t give a fuck less.

            You’re the one who continues to prolong an argument you clearly lost yesterday. So who looks like the real moron here?

          • John

            You think I’m gonna let some tard determine who won an argument?

            I never lose, stupid.

            PS – waiting on your next reply 🙂

          • Felonious Punk

            Nobody cares anymore, doofus. We’re already on to the next argument while you’re camped out here “never losing” and “waiting for the next reply”.

            You know…like a loser?

          • John

            From one loser to another: you’re still here, too! Your lack of self awareness is staggering.

            I’d let you get back to trolling other stories like the shit stain that you are, but I assume your lack of common sense will have you commenting again. Can’t wait to inevitably hear from you again, sweetheart.

          • Felonious Punk

            Self-awareness? Bold words from the guy who puts Beethoven and Nickelback in the same sentence, and with a straight face.

            LoL your level of butthurt is a thing to behold. People out there getting blown up in the streets as we speak and you’re still tripped out about a facetious Foo Fighters post from more than a day ago. Lololololololol time to turn off the internet, princess

      • God

        BURN!!!!!

  • Corndog

    Free? It’s still not worth it….

    • Felonious Punk

      There no need to be rude. I know it probably kills you to come here and see the Foos just giving away music this great while PJ’s Lightening Bolt album couldn’t draw flies, but theres no need to be rude.

      It’s free to all. Enjoy!

      • Corndog

        Rude? What are you on about man? I’m not being rude at all.

        The FF’s are utter shite, regardless of the price point. That’s not being rude, that’s just stating fact.

        • Felonious Punk

          Saint Cecilia EP > Lightening Bolt + Backspacer + Pearl Jam (2006)

          Just stating facts 😀

          • Corndog

            Your uncle Eddie is ashamed of you.

            He still loves you though.

      • Jimmy Intense

        Erroneous Spunk is just upset the Foo’s haven’t released anything compelling in years

        • Felonious Punk

          Erroneous Spunk…dude, you are on a roll today. It takes a special kind of nincompoop to fall for an obvious Felonious troll post AND get so aggravated by it that you have to invert my Disqus name to emphasize how butthurt you are. And for what?

          I can do petty name inverts, too. Except in this case, the name “Jimmy Dense” is suitably apt.

          • Jimmy Intense

            You’re kidding, right? Backspacer and Lightning Bolt are mostly regarded as a return to form for Pearl Jam and both albums sold a respectable amount. I’d be butthurt but this is just a war of opinion and I couldn’t care less. Especially so when my opponent is just looking to piss on everyone’s corn flakes.

          • Felonious Punk

            LMFAO @ “war of opinion”. That has got to be one of the DUMBEST things I’ve ever read on the Internet. I’m not even joking. You get mad at my opinion of the new Foos EP and resort to petty grade school name calling and *I’m* the one pissing on the corn flakes here?

            Wow…Jimmy Delusional to boot. This site attracts some real winners, lol

          • Jimmy Intense

            I don’t recall being upset about your praise for their new EP. Making fun of someone doesn’t = being butthurt

          • Felonious Punk

            Get a clue, Dense-y; anytime you resort to using name-calling as the basis for your “war of opinion”, you’re clearly an idiot and butthurt about someone else’s opinion.

            You think I could give a fuck less if you and your troll homeys think Nickelback is a more artistic band than the Foos? Clearly I’m not the one with the problem here, lolololol

          • Jimmy Intense

            You’re a moron. I think Nickelback is pure shit and wouldn’t subject anyone to their formulaic garbage. Speaking of formulaic garbage, how’s that new Foo’s album?

          • Felonious Punk

            It’s awesome. Maybe if you could shut the last Creed album off long enough to give it a listen, you’d see that. You know, even though according to you Creed is band with more integrity.

            Don’t worry; the new Foos EP is free, so you won’t have to dip into that allowance money you’re saving up for a Scott Stapp tour bus visit or anything.

          • Jimmy Intense

            You really are dense. If you go back and read my comments you’ll notice I didn’t mention Creed or Nickelback. You’re confusing me with another poster named John. What was that I was saying about twisting words to fit your agenda?

          • Felonious Punk

            I guess I’m getting my trolls mixed up? You’re both one and the same and cut from the same cloth, so I guess it’s possible I have you confused with that other dipshit.

            Weren’t you the one harping on about this being a “war of opinion”, and then failing to name me five bands today that you think are better than the Foo Fighters? I’m pretty sure that was you, yea. Still waiting for you on that one. I can see where you’d struggle with it though. I imagine you’ve endured enough humiliation for one day.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Jesus are you still awake? Thought it was past your bedtime. But, no, I refuse to play the ‘name 5 bands’ game. If you honestly believe FF are great then you’ve already lost. They’re embarrassing dad rock at best these days (hah!) and as another commentor mentioned, they sound worn. If I wanted to listen to watered down poseur rock I’d put on a FF album and crank that shit to 11 but I couldn’t put myself through that torture. Really, good for you. It’s tough to admit to liking a shitty band and I don’t care if they’ve sold millions of records. Simple music for simple people. Proof is in the lyrics

          • Felonious Punk

            And yet, you can’t name even ONE band in the world right now that is allegedly better than the Foo Fighters. How unbelievably predictable and pussy of you. Because I’m sure if you had even one testicle down there, you’d name-drop some flavor of the minute like Cage the Elephant or Royal Blood, who nobody will give a shit about three years from now.

            Lololololol this has been an epic day for Alt Nation news articles. It was almost as hilarious as when the Cobain Was Murdered crew checks in. Except you’re just like every one of those dumbasses who has a temper tantrum online, declares a “war of opinions” (of which I still have no clue what you’re on about) and can’t even cite simple examples to back up his bullhsit when called out on it.

            Typical internet troll. At least my gags are elaborate and *somewhat* amusing to most.

          • Corndog

            While i (in all seriousness) agree with you that the Foo’s do in fact suck, speaking as a dad who is very fond of PJ’s last 2 albums i feel i have to defend dad rock. Nothing intrinsically wrong with a bit of dad rock:)

            Now, i think this has gone on for long enough. Can we all kiss and make up? You can do the kissing, and i’ll put on my make up. Punky can alternate.

          • Corndog

            I want to play. Do me next!

          • Felonious Punk

            As soon as I’m done embarrassing Jimmy Dense, I’ll be back to give you some petty name calling action too

          • Corndog

            You little tease!

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      It be the free so the Grohl try to do the buying of fans.

  • Scott Kobleske

    Sounds pretty damn good to my ears!

  • jcal7

    Love the Foo’s even up to Sonic Highways but understand why some people don’t like them. They are overexposed and have a template, that doesn’t explain why people come on qhere just to shit on them. Grohl is a better drummer than guitarist, people I spoke to about the hiatus were all ‘well room for a new TCV album’ but he can write a tune. This EP is nice, but they sound worn. What I mean is you can frantically hammer away and not make an impact for example I hear it on Lightning Bolt (which is actually ok on pendulum and infallible) but defo hear it on this. Again, it’s fun but the template is overdone. Even that chugging guitar that starts it off is the same as back and forth and in the clear, I imagine Grohl paddling hard against using it more, just because they repeat it. But Foo’s are not about striving musically necessarily but striving against day to day stuff that holds you back. And this fits that and is perfectly timed for their hiatus (if not a small comfort for the horrible stuff that happened in Paris) ‘nothing is set in stone’ a lovely sentiment to not take things for granted but also to never write yourself off either. Been a strange year for the Foo’s but now it’s about resting and seeing what the next step is.

    • Felonious Punk

      It’s the same as those idiots who still think Cobain was murdered: they’ve probably been flamed off every other site that covers the Foos and have made their way here.

      All these losers…”John”…Johnny I’mdense…Boom…they show up to talk shit about the Foo Fighters and then crawl right back into their holes until the next Foos article. Happens every time.

      • Jimmy Intense

        I’ve been coming here a lot longer than you’ve been commenting. Sounds like you’re really having a hard time accepting not all people like Foo Fighters. Suck it up princess

        • Felonious Punk

          Lololololol Jimmy Dense gets mad that I make a sarcastic post about the new Foos EP, starts the juvenile name-calling, realizes what a dumbass he’s being, tries to pointlessly subvert the argument to Foo side projects, and somehow I’m the one having a hard time here.

          Yea, I think not. Saving face is clearly not your game here…princess.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Actually I very clearly explained the TCV mention but you can’t see beyond your butthurt. Your failing trait is that you try and twist other’s words to fit your agenda

          • Felonious Punk

            Give it a rest already, dude. You lost. You and your fellow troll buddy “John” wandered out from under the bridge and tried to ambush Felonious over a Foo Fighters wisecrack. If that weren’t pathetic enough, you brought pretzel rods to a gunfight by trying to argue that Nickelback and Creed were a better band than the Foos. I’ve seen some sad, misguided statements regarding music in my time, and that one was definitely near the summit of the shame mountain.

            One of you even hilariously used Nickelback in the same sentence as Beethoven, and with a straight face. That’s when it was obvious to all the mission was doomed and the ship was going down fast.

            I guess we’ll see you two goofs the next time you feel like making a run at the throne. You’ll see similar results then, too. Guaranteed.

          • Jimmy Intense

            By similar results you mean getting your diaper soaked when I made fun of a band you like. So hilarious

          • Felonious Punk

            You actually thought I was upset about any of this, even for a minute? HAAAAAAHAHAHAHA.

            You’re hysterical, dude. That ‘John’ moron you rolled in with was bland and lame, but at least you have some of that delusional moxey thing going for you. Please do make it a habit to post here more often and tell us how shitty we are for enjoying a world-reknowned rock band’s music. We can definitely use more people who start the arguments off with name-calling because they think someone’s post is serious, and then have a day-long meltdown as he gets his ass handed to him for looking like a dillhole.

    • Corndog

      I understand what you’re saying, but you have to realise I’m not shitting on anything. I mock the Foo’s and punky responds by mocking Pearl Jam. It’s sort of become a running joke between us. There’s no malice intended and it’s all in fun. We’re not actually arguing; we’re just taking the piss. I’m sure if punky reads this he’ll agree with me.

      • Ben

        There is a lot of truth to your fun mocking! 😉

        • Corndog

          Indeed, and that IS half the fun:)

          What we call a joke with a jag.

          • Ben

            Yes Indeed…. but only a truly deluded person could praise the Foo’s as highly as the pink puppet!

          • Corndog

            They are incredibly popular though, and they just won’t go away; they’re very enduring. All joking aside, i really can’t stand their music and have always felt the same, but i occasionally wonder if maybe the problem is me, and not the music? Then i remember how popular vacuous shite like Adele is, and i get over that thought really quickly:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Wow, another mindless moron who actually thinks my posts praising the Foo Fighters are completely serious. Wasn’t one of these turds just talking about people who are stupid and gullible?

          • Ben

            Hahaha as if anyone could take the pink puppet seriously! I mean come on dude! I know how the puppet works. There is always some truth to jest. Don’t pretend…. we all know you love Grohl and his throne!

          • Felonious Punk

            Apparently you and a few other goofs were taking me WAY too seriously yesterday. Not gonna lie, I AM a big Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl fan. Always have been, always will be. Not sure why that legit upsets you and some of the others so badly, but not my problem in any case.

            And this whole “pink puppet” thing you’re slumming to…is that supposed to bother me? Because that’s a stuffed bear in my avatar, not a puppet. So the mere fact that you can even assimilate simple visual objects says plenty.

            “Simple Ben”…I guess that’ll be your nickname around here now. If the shoe fits…

          • Ben

            You have got your facts wrong. I have never taken the puppet seriously and I was not even a part of that so called ‘discussion’. I couldn’t care less whether you like the Foo’s or not! Have a nice day drooling over pictures of Dave’s throne! 😉

          • Felonious Punk

            If they’re “facts”, as you claim, then how can they be wrong?

            No worries, it’s just another commonly bungled turn-of-phrase from Simple Ben. There was a discussion about my bear avatar? I’ll bet that was riveting stuff. I love how some of you legit trolls can’t seem to shut up about this new Foos EP that’s allegedly so bad that it’s already been downloaded over a million and a half times in the last 36 hours. Maybe when that new Limp Bizkit album drops, it’ll be more your speed?

            I’m sure one of you wont hesitate to compare it to Beethoven, either 😆

          • Ben

            Again you are mixing me up with another person. I was interested enough to give the EP a listen but I simply did not enjoy it – I’m sorry if that offends you. Quite frankly the EP wasn’t worth the wasted download quota. The only limp Biscuit I know of is topped with a chunk of tasty cheese.

          • Felonious Punk

            LoL it doesn’t offend me at all whether you like it or not. Wipe your ass with it, for all I care. Again, let me remind you that *you* are the one who got on my case in the comments for this article. You provoked shit, and you got shit for it in return. Now you’re taking your ball and going home? That’s probably best for you.

          • Ben

            hahaha your funny coming from the biggest troll on AN since Mayan!

          • Felonious Punk

            I’ll take that as a compliment, I guess

          • Ben

            Yes, you do that!

      • Felonious Punk

        I’m definitely not joking when I say that modern-day Pearl Jam sucks and the Foos were always a better band, even from the beginning

        The rest…yea, just mindless fun 😀

        • Ben

          Now that is truly laughable! 😉 But hey whatever floats your boat. Glad your enjoying it!

        • Corndog

          In the same respect, you know that i really mean it when i say the Foo’s are utter shite, middle of the road rock by numbers:)

  • Raj

    Doesn’t need to be revolutionary, but Savior Breath, Sean and the Neverending Sigh to some degree are closer to the early Foos sound circa the Colour and the Shape.

  • Ben

    Sometimes even free isn’t worth it! However I’m going to attempt to listen to this later… No doubt it will be deleted at the end… assuming I can even get to the end! I’m really not looking forward to this… but I hope it is at least better than I’m expecting!

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Nirvana gives me a reason why second guitar part is important. also Foo Fighters gives me a reason why they are from Nirvana. Foo’s sounds get better and better. it was the middle of the long journey. as Kurt said before ‘Fuck you all this the last song in the evening’. If you see the MTV unplugged in New York, then you know what I mean. hold on Dave will make a good records someday.

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