What should have been an exciting new set of songs for the Foo Fighters has turned into something a little bittersweet for the iconic band. After weeks of teasing fans that something was going to happen once the countdown clock on their website hit zero, the Foo Fighters have finally unveiled just what was waiting on the other side. Like most of their fans, who speculated new music, that is exactly what the band released.
On Monday (Nov. 23), the band’s countdown clock hit zero which led to the release of a five-song EP titled, The Saint Cecilia EP. The album was named after the Saint Cecilia Hotel which the band stayed at during their time at 2013’s Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX. In a lengthy letter, Grohl explained just how the short album came together which apparently took a lot (and we mean a lot) of people coming in and out of the hotel during their two-week stay.
But before the letter got to just how the recording session happened, frontman Dave Grohl wrote a preface in which he dedicated the album to those who lost their lives during the ruthless and uncalled for killing in Paris back on Nov. 13.
“The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour [the “Sonic Highways Tour”/”Broken Leg 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.
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.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”
But with the sadness also came the bright and cheerfulness of the letter where Grohl talks about what catapulted him and rest of the guys to make Sonic Highways, the issue of his broken leg, and how the five-song EP came to be. To read Grohl’s complete letter or to download the free, five-song EP, head on over here, to the album’s website, to get it.