As if out of nowhere, just like that, with no premeditation, self indulgent hype or endless teasers and promos, one of the biggest bands in the world have returned to release new music for the first time since 2015 and all in perfect time as they embark soon on a summer full of festivals, plus the song choice might just be perfect for that.
Legendary, Washington five piece, Foo Fighters haven’t released any new music since late 2015 and it’s certainly well overdue that they dropped something exclusive, however the spontaneous manner in which they’ve done it makes this release a winner from the start, but hey, is it meant to be some sort of secret that Dave Grohl and the gang are as cool as hell? With no build up or pre-announcement they released ‘Run’ earlier today and details of whether there’s more to come or whether this will feature on the upcoming ninth album are still unclear, but one thing we do know is that this might be Foo’s at their hardest and heaviest. Anybody already booked to see them live this year should start training for one hell of an experience as this one, live, will no doubt tear the place apart. It starts steady and dreamy, with Grohl’s signature vocals set against beautiful guitar picking, setting you up for a subtle, minimalist ballad… before turning on you like a rabid dog and actually reaching levels of metal that I don’t recall hearing from Foo Fighters ever before. The vocals are screamed with a fuzzy tone over the top and the drums are constantly crashing and the guitars shredding, until calming things down again moderately for the chorus.
Not only has the track itself arrived entirely out of the blue but there’s even an accompanying music video. Those sneaky, sneaky Foos. It’s an absolute blinder as well as the six and a half minute epic sees the band as a much older version of themselves, living and performing in a retirement home. They’ve always had a knack for entertaining and fun videos and the trend is continuing right into 2017. Welcome back guys, if the album follows this, we could be in for one hell of a record…
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)