October 24, 2014


Foo Fighters Channel D.C.'s Punk Roots with "The Feast and the Famine"

As we're creeping towards the release date of Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters are dropping one track at a time and celebrating the cities and people that contributed to the fabric of their "musical map of America." When Dave Grohl said that the "environment in which you write or record an album influences the musical result," he wasn't kidding: The first song off their eighth album, "Something From Nothing," has enough hair-raising guitar licks to do a rock legend like Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen proud, as Nielsen sat in with the Foos while they recorded the track in his hometown.

Now, the Foos are shelving the '80s jukebox vibes and favoring punk tendencies with "The Feast and the Famine." They sought out legendary producer Don Zientara of Inner Ear Studios, who counts Fugazi, Minor Threat and Bad Brains as some of the iconic punk artists who've put their records together under his watch just outside of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s punk presence is undeniable here, and "The Feast and the Famine" speaks of monuments of the "dreams [we] forget" while taking a percussive sledgehammer to a series of driving riffs.

While the Foo Fighters have personal connections to each of the cities they visited over the course of their Sonic Highways adventure, the return to D.C. is a particularly nostalgic one for Grohl: The frontman grew up in Virginia and cut his teeth in D.C.'s music scene, so to head back to the place where all of his favorite bands laid their seminal works to tape is a special anchor for "The Feast and the Famine" indeed.

Dying to learn more about Sonic Highways? Give "The Feast and the Famine" a full listen above, and then head on over to our Complete Guide to read up on everything we know about the record.