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Foo Fighters new album is“pretty fucking fun”

According to guitarist Chris Shiflett the new Foo Fighters album is going to be “pretty fucking fun”.

Speaking with FL ’s Doug Wallen to promote the latest release from his alt-country side-project, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, Shiflett remained fairly tight-lipped about the Foos but did confirm the band weren’t far off hitting the studio. “We haven’t officially started [the record], but we’re getting underway soon,” he told FL.

Late last month drummer Taylor Hawkins told Billboard Dave Grohl was “working overtime” on a conceptual new Foo Fighters record. And that’s been confirmed by Shiflett, who said Grohl already had some interesting ideas for what the band will do next.

“I can’t go into too much detail, but … I’m excited about it. Dave’s got a bunch of new songs and the way that we’re gonna make the new record – like, the approach for it – is gonna be pretty fucking fun. And different. I feel like Dave’s always looking for ways – when we go to make records and we tour – to keep things exciting and keep things inspired and fun. I think he’s got some good ideas for this next one.”

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Last month Shiflett joined Grohl and Hawkins to play a set of classic rock songs by the likes of Van Halen, The Knack and The Vapors in his other sideproject Chevy Metal. When FL asked if some of this “new wave” sound might influence the Foos’ new direction, the guitarist admitted it couldn’t be ruled out. “It remains to be seen, y’know”, he said. “If a little Vapors found its way in there, that wouldn’t be a bad thing.”

The new record will be the Foo Fighters eighth, and their first since 2011’s Wasting Light. It was previously thought fans would be waiting a long time for new Foos material after Dave Grohl put the band on ice in October last year to concentrate on his Sound City documentary, and its accompanying soundtrack, which featured the likes of Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and Trent Reznor.

The full interview with Chris Shiflett, in which he discusses his new alt-country album All Hat and No Cattle (August 2), and how he came to discover punk rock, will be published in full on FL next week.

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