Near the end of 2015, Foo Fighters mysteriously posted a countdown on their website. What were we awaiting? Fans eagerly started to pay attention and speculate. I know it captured my curiosity. When the countdown finally reached zero, the band dropped a surprise EP and a heartfelt letter from Dave Grohl. Better yet, the EP was free for everyone to download. What a way to end the year!
The EP was recorded in Austin, Texas at the Saint Cecilia Hotel while the band performed during Austin City Limits festival weekends this past summer. (You can now bet I will be booking at least one night at this specific hotel the next time I make it down to Austin. Plus, it just looks like an incredibly unique and cool hotel!) Hence why the EP has the name Saint Cecilia EP. It is doubly fitting as Saint Cecilia was the Patron Saint of musicians.
The title track “Saint Cecilia” has been released as a single recently. It regresses to the punchier sound of Foo Fighter’s early albums, while pushing forward sonically as they continue with their career.
“Saint Cecilia” is simple but catchy – which is Foo Fighters gold. The song begins with Grohl’s vocals and a quiet guitar luring listeners in, until it all amps up in the chorus. It is there that the song doubles down with hooks and bouncy melodies for a robust tune.
For those that are new around here you should know that Dave Grohl is one of my favorite human beings. (I’d probably even place him in the top two.) Basically, I’ve loved him since I was a kid. The older I get the more I appreciate him. Personally, I think it was incredibly neat of the Foo Fighters to offer this five track EP up in gratitude of fans supporting the band during their latest tour and album. So often an artist will gain a huge following, only to forget to appreciate their fans. Foo Fighters never have.
The downfall of the Saint Cecilia EP is that it may be the last new music from the guys for a while. Why must all my favorites being going on hiatus all at once?
What are the coolest things you’ve seen artists do for their fans?
Until next time,