Dave Grohl Calls 'Medicine At Midnight' A 'Saturday Night Party Album'
By Katrina Nattress
November 9, 2020
After nearly a year of teasing, Foo Fighters officially announced their 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, over the weekend and debuted its lead single "Shame Shame" on Saturday Night Live. The new tune has a dancier feel to it than your typical FF track (think Queens of the Stone Age), and that wasn't on accident. During a recent conversation with NME, Grohl divulged that the new collection of songs was designed to be a "Saturday night party album."
“Since it’s our tenth record and 25th anniversary, we decided years ago that we wanted to do something that sounded fresh," he explained. "We’ve made some many different types of album, we’ve done acoustic things, we’ve done punk-rock things, mid-tempo Americana type of things. We have a lot of albums to fall back on, so you just have to go with our gut feeling and I thought instead of making some mellow adult album, I thought ‘F**k that, let’s make a party album.’”
"I hate to call it a funk or dance record, but it’s more energetic in a lot of ways than anything we’ve ever done and it was really designed to be that Saturday night party album," Grohl continued. "It was written and sequenced in a way that you put on, and nine songs later you’ll just put it on again. Y’know, songs like ‘Making A Fire.’ To me that’s rooted in Sly & The Family Stone grooves, but amplified in the way that the Foo Fighters do it."
Grohl also revealed that the album's title track is the Foos' "Let's Dance."
"It’s a huge f**king rock song that I imagine opening every festival from here to Melbourne!" he exclaimed. "Every song is a little bit different but they all have something that feels fresh and I like it!”
Medicine at Midnight is slated for a February 5, 2021 release and can be pre-ordered here. Listen to "Shame Shame" below.
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