New Foos Album Took Inspiration From Each Recording Location

Publish Date
Monday, 22 September 2014, 1:00PM

Foo Fighters new album took inspiration from each city they recorded in.

The band's bassist, Nate Mendel, has revealed that the group's new record, 'Sonic Highways', was influenced by the eight different US-based studios they worked in, including California, Washington and New Orleans, all of which played a part in inspiring them to create a different sound.

Nate said: "That was the idea. We wrote the bulk of the songs back in Los Angeles, so it was more a matter of experiencing each place, learning about the studio and then bringing in guest musicians.

"In Seattle we had Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie; in the desert outside Los Angeles it was Joe Walsh from the Eagles for a classic southern California feel - and sure enough, suddenly our song has layers of 'Hotel California' in it. That's where the local character came from."

Nate - who is in the group with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and keyboardist Rami Jaffee - also admitted lead singer Dave took inspiration from several real-life experiences the group had in the various cities.

He added to NME magazine: "Dave took a creative leap on this one and decided to incorporate into his lyrics things that actually happened in the cities, and conversations that he had with the various musicians.

"So 'I Am A River' was inspired by the fact that under one of the studios we found there was an actual physical river."

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