Foo Fighters to work with Butch Vig on "heaviest album yet"

Grohl and the Foos plan to get 'heavy' on their next album
Grohl and the Foos plan to get 'heavy' on their next album (Image credit: Rainer Jensen/dpa/Corbis)

Proving that he's a true multitasker, Them Crooked Vultures drummer Dave Grohl revealed that he plans to get the Foo Fighters back in the studio shortly - and a new album could be out as soon as September.

Appearing at the Independent Spirit Awards last Friday, where he introduced a performance by Best Documentary subjects Anvil, Grohl, who was brandishing a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, said the Foo Fighters will work with producer Butch Vig on their seventh album. "Me and [Foos drummer] Taylor [Hawkins] have already started demoing songs," Grohl told Rolling Stone.

The combination of Grohl and Vig could be as much symbolic as it is sonic: the pair worked together in 1991 on Nirvana's legendary Nevermind album.

But when it comes to sounds, Grohl plans on going old-school: unlike the past couple of Foos' albums, which were recorded at Studio 606 (a state-of-the-art facility that the band owns in Northridge, California), the forthcoming effort will be recorded entirely in analog - and out of Grohl's garage. "We're doing a test on Monday," Grohl said.

As to the direction the band might take, Grohl simply said, "I think this could be our heaviest album yet."

Joe Bosso

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