Foo Fighters' 'Saint Cecilia' EP Available For Free On Band Website
November 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM (PT)
THE FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL announced today the band's new EP, "Saint Cecilia," named after the hotel in AUSTIN, TX, where they recorded it, is available to stream or download for free at foofighters.com.
GROHL wrote a letter to fans describing the EP's genesis.
"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 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."
GROHL had earlier wrote about the recording of the EP.
"The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as 'a lush retreat from the world.' And, believe me, it is! Fourteen rooms and a small bar, it’s tucked away in the trees within a bustling, AUSTIN neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of SEPTEMBER 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a 'thank you' for the last two years. Though there’s a world-class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (ARLYN STUDIOS, look it up.), the hotel manager, JENNY, offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire 'Sonic Highways' concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la 'Sonic Highways,' and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls..."
GROHL went on to call it "a musical retrospective... decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album... Our own sonic scrapbook."
Among the guests who dropped by to participate in the recording were the PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, BEN KWELLER and GARY CLARK JR., while DANNY CLINCH and CAMBRIA HARKEY captured the proceedings on camera.