The Birds Of Satan, side project of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, are gearing up to release their self-titled debut to the world this Friday, April 11th, but today Music Feeds are treating Australian fans with an exclusive first listen, right here.
The Birds of Satan line-up was formed out of Hawkins’ touring cover band Chevy Metal, who pay tribute to acts like Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Queen. The band features Hawkins, on drums as well as shared vocal duties, Wiley Hodgden on bass and vocals and Mick Murphy on guitar.
The outfit recorded their self-titled seven-track debut mostly during a one-week session at Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606. Grohl even guests on a few tracks and shares a couple of songwriting credits, including the nearly 10-minute blistering opener, The Ballad of the Birds of Satan.
The trio also got help from fellow Foos Pat Smear and touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee, Butch Vig, Drew Hester and current Yes frontman Jon Davison, Hawkins’ friend since childhood. According to Billboard, Hawkins described the Birds’ approach as a “mélange” of influences, including but not limited to Van Halen, Queen, Jane’s Addiction, David Bowie and The Police.
“I hope it’s not so on-the-nose that people go, ‘Oh, they’re just trying to sound like Van Halen’ or ‘They’re trying to sound like Queen’,” explained Hawkins. “But it’s there. I’m under the influence, no question. It’s in my DNA.”
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