Foo Fighters returned with the release of 11th studio album - 'But Here We Are' - last week to great praise and acclaim. The band have a deep history and discography, with their debut album being released over 25 years ago in 1995. They’ve had multiple studio albums go platinum and gold, they have won Grammys, NME Awards, VMAs and more. They’ve come to be one of the most important bands on the rock scene and have built up a devoted fan base with songs and albums that have created memories and safe spaces for people all over the world.
Produced by Greg Kurstin and the Foo Fighters themselves, 'But Here We Are' is an album that tells a tale of the bands journey since losing drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Frontman Dave Grohl performed and recorded the entirety of the album's drum tracks in Hawkins' absence. Four singles from the album, 'Rescued', 'Under You', 'Show Me How' and 'The Teacher' were released ahead of the album, while drummer Josh Freese was announced as Hawkins' replacement for touring after its release.
Having been an wild 18 months for the band, it's fair to say their 11th album is an emotional one - with the passing of Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl losing his mother, Virginia (whom track 'The Teacher' is written about, as she was a teacher'), only several months later.
- Pitchfork - 'Dave Grohl gives himself over to arena-sized grief, reckoning, and resolve on the band’s most propulsive and purposeful music of the last two decades.'
- Rolling Stone - 'But Here We Are' flips the Foo Fighters script in a way, sorting through the fallout of what happens when things get completely unpredictable... It possesses a vitality that in a sense is expected given the events that transpired before its release, but its refusal to take the easy route around grief makes its drum fills (played by Grohl in his first return behind the kit on a Foos album since 2005) land with more intensity and its guitar slashes, some of which recall Nineties left-of-the-dial darlings, hit harder.'
- The Guardian - 'Although released just a year after the suicide of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain, the Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut was a breezy delight that seemed tonally in stark contrast to the trauma Dave Grohl had so recently experienced. The mood surrounding But Here We Are, arriving a year after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, couldn’t be more different. Throughout, the lyrics bear the scars of grief: “Think I’m getting over it/ But there’s no getting over it”; “I’ve been hearing voices/ None of them are you”; “You showed me how to grieve/ But never showed me how to say goodbye.”'
With only one feature on the album coming form Dave Grohl's own daughter, Violet, it's an album to listen to - so get your headphones on and have a listen to 'But Here We Are' now!
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But Here We Are
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