Prepare for an album of ‘extremes’
Foo Fighters have discussed why they chose Adele producer Greg Kurstin to helm their new album ‘Concrete And Gold‘.
While Adele herself is rumoured to appear on the new record, the band specifically sought out her producer Kurstin, also famed for his work with likes of Sia, Tegan And Sara and many more, to take them out of both of their comfort zones.
As a result, they pushed to make an album that is “extremely heavy at times and completely the opposite with lush musical sections and crazy interludes at other times”.
“If you want to survive you have to kind of push a little bit,” frontman Dave Grohl told Music Week. “I just imagined the sound moving outwards. Not necessarily alternative instrumentation and shit like that, just sonically to push it out. Greg is a fucking genius. He’s a brilliant producer and he has this sonic intuition that I have never seen in anybody else.
Once in the studio, Grohl said that the Foos felt inspired to make an album that was as far from anything else that he’d done as possible.
“I think there was this feeling that we wanted it to be the antithesis of the albums that Greg had made,” he continued. “Knowing that he is most famous for being a polished pop producer, we got super fucking noisy right out of the gate. When we first got in there, we thought ‘let’s make them long, let’s make them noisy, let’s make them weird’.”
Grohl added: “We were experimenting with drum sounds, we were getting guitar sounds we had never gotten before. I think we were just focused on making it worlds away from anything he had done before.”