Review Of New Foo Fighters Song “Congregation”

After the slow burner “Something From Nothing” and the hard rocker “Feast And The Famine”, the Foos find the middle ground on the third track from their upcoming album, Sonic Highways. “Congregation”, featuring the Zac Brown Band, is immediately catchy, reminiscent of the band’s poppier material like “Generator” and “Times Like These”.

The first half of the song is driven by a stadium-ready power pop riff with a soaring, snarling vocal melody (Open your eyes, step in the lights!) from Grohl. If the riff can be compared to a song from Grohl in the past, it would be the chorus riff of “Time Slowing Down” off of 2013’s Sound City. As the band’s nod to the Nashville music scene, the song gets heavier after the three minute mark, breaking down into an extended jam section with the Zac Brown Band.

“Congregation” seems like a more appropriate choice for a single than “Something From Nothing”; while the latter song works well in setting the mood as the opening track, “Congregation” sounds much bigger and will probably be a huge hit when its officially released to the airwaves. In the meantime, check out the track below.

Foo Fighters will release their new album Sonic Highways on November 10th. Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and being released in the U.S. on Roswell Records/RCA Records, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks:

1. 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

Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process. The series will run for 8 episodes, with a song performed a week after showing how it was written and the history of the music in the cities.

  • Shane99

    I think the guys did an amazing job with this show. Very creative and informative. I really enjoy it.
    The album…yeah I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. Maybe I’m getting old. I’m just not feeling this shit at all. I thought I was into the first tune, but…nah.

  • Eddie Yarler

    The beginning reminds me of the main riff to Interstate Love Song for some reason. Dammit that’s gonna bother me forever. Lol

  • Dave Brookes

    The Foo Fighters love to recycle older songs and make them sound new again in different ways 🙂 This song Congregation sounds a lot like Times Like These and Once And For All.

  • CraigPW1984

    The best out of the three tracks so far. I like “Feast and the Famine” as it reminded me “Monkey Wrench” and “No Way Out” but the chorus didn’t stand out to me as much. It was still better than “Something For Nothing” which is probably the weakest of the three tracks so far.