December 17, 2017

Foo Fighters Display Band’s Ability to Create New Tones

Ian Lockwood
Online Managing Editor

Renowned rock band, The Foo Fighters, returns with their newest album, “Concrete and Gold”. The album pleases listeners due to the combination of thrilling rhythm changes, heavy hitting drums and vigorously strumming guitars, but also the band’s ability to slow down and provide a more tranquil type of track.

The Foo Fighters is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. The band first debuted their music in 1995 and since has had numerous top selling albums such as, “The Colour and The Shape,” and “Wasting Light”. The band is led by singer and guitarist, Dave Grohl, who began his work in music with the infamous grunge band, Nirvana.

The Foos’ newest work, “Concrete and Gold,” was released on September 15, through RCA Records. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has worked with artists such as Adele, Pink, and Kelly Clarkson. The album also features work from numerous other renowned artists such as Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney.

The album opens with the mesmerizing track, “T-Shirt,” which incorporates a unique slower tone and a collection of colorful effects. The unique combination of effects such as chorus and fuzz, produce a similar tone but still never heard before from the band. The pleasant change of pace for the band, produces a relaxing atmosphere for the opening of the album.

One of the more notable tracks on the album, “Make it Right,” integrated an upbeat pop in the drum beat, and a unique gospel tone resonating in the background. The uncommon addition of the gospel tone provided a new and foreign listening experience for the listeners. The song changes the tone of the album and recreates a more uplifting and thrilling environment.

The track, “La Dee Da,” opens with a thick and heavy bass line accompanied by a grungier version of Grohl’s vocals. Additionally towards the end of the track, there is a short sample of an old woman. The incorporation of the heavier bass line and unexpected sample, renders the track as one the more unique listening experiences found throughout the track list.  

Towards the end of the album the tracks, “Happy Ever After,” and “Sunday Rain,”  further augment the more relaxing and loose side of the album. Both tracks feature slower and soothing vocals from Grohl and folk inspired guitar picking. The Foos use of a slower progression and tone captivates listeners as they recreate a new tone never heard before.

Overall The Foo Fighters exceed expectations with their newest album, “Concrete and Gold.” The band created a thrilling album that features numerous changes in tones, style of instruments, and the use of samples.

The Foo Fighters’ new album, “Concrete and Gold,” was released on September 15. The album is available for purchase on itunes for $9.99 and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.

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