A nice surprise for anyone who bought the A physical copy of the new Foo Fighters album Wasting Light, each copy has a piece of master tape included inside the booklet.
Dave Grohl chose to record the new album via analog tools instead of digitally, saying “I feel like digital recording has gotten out of control. It’s too easy to control. When you’re recording to analog tape, it captures performance and you can’t necessarily manipulate that in different ways. It is what it is. ” … “When I listen to music these days, and I hear Pro Tools and drums that sound like a machine- it kinda sucks the life out of music.” … “It robs the musicians of their personalities, and their fingerprints, their signature sound. I think the idea to have more of a human sound to this record than just a sterile cold version.”.
The decision for cutting up the masters came from Grohl’s feelings that “there’s something about pulling out a real tape from a shelf and looking at it and knowing that Everlong is on it, or Best of You is on it, and it’s really special.” It would be something good for fans to have.
Of course they’ve backed up all the masters on to 25-30 reels of tape and to hard drives as well “because now when you do something like Guitar Hero, they have to use that.“.
Last week Foo Fighters screened their documentary Back and Forth in select cinemas across the world (none in Australia). You can watch the full documentary here