The countdown is over and Foo Fighters‘ have announced details of a new EP. It’s called ‘Saint Cecilia‘, it’s five tracks long and you can listen to it this very second. See.
“The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music,” starts Dave Grohl in a letter on their website. “The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
“I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
“Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
The EP, recorded over two weekends at The Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin serves as a bookend to the Sonic Highways album cycle and a reflection of the past 20 years of the Foo Fighters. “Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished,” explains Dave.
“Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. (‘The Neverending Sigh‘ is 20 years old! Was once called ‘7 Corners‘ for all you die hards out there…) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an “album”, we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual “This Is Your Life” of the Foo Fighters.
“I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again,” Dave concludes. “Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.”
To download the EP or preorder a vinyl copy, head here.