The Foo Fighters will be premiering Rope, the first official single from their upcoming seventh album Wasting Light on Australian radio later tonight, February 23rd, at 11pm. The song will be available as a digital single from March 1st, with Wasting Light due for release via Sony on April 8th.
The premiere follows last week’s release of teaser track White Limo along with it’s video clip featuring Lemmy Klimister from Motorhead as well as Grohl’s wife Jordyn. The album itself is produced by Butch Vig (Nevermind), the first time Grohl has worked with him since Nirvana, and mixed by Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless), and was recorded entirely in Grohl’s garage directly to tape, with no computers used. From what we’ve heard so far it’s a bit of a throwback to the Foo’s earlier work, with some influences from Grohl’s time with Them Crooked Vultures having snuck in around the side. It also features contributions from Husker Du‘s Bob Mould (Dear Rosemary) and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (I Should Have Known).
Along with Wasting Light, the band will also be releasing a career spanning feature length documentary which tracks the band’s growth from tape demos Grohl worked on during his time with Nirvana, through the huge success of the band to end up resting on Grohl’s return to home recording. Directed by Academy Award winner James Moll (The Last Days, Running The Sahara), the film promises to present a detailed inventory on the trajectory of one of the world’s most successful bands.