The Foo Fighters have announced that they are going on hiatus. This news came on the heals of the band releasing a new free EP, which was released when a ticking clock on the band’s website counted back to 00:00:00:00. The Foo Fighters EP called ST Cecilia came along with a note that bandleader Dave Grohl initially wrote before last week. He then amended said note to enable the band to react to the recent Paris terror attacks.
It is important to note that Grohl did this because he has been friends and occasional band mate with Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Josh Homme. He even appeared in Eagles Of Death Metal’s “I Want You So Hard” video. The Paris related forward reads:
“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.”
The original note, which was written on, November 8, focuses on the evolution of the band’s Sonic Highways project, which was released in association with HBO.
He wrote about the Sonic Highways tour, saying, “We’ve always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just….know. You get that feeling that, if you’re not careful, you’ll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say ‘Hey…don’t spend it all in one place, a——.’ A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course…we could keep going. After all, we’d made it this far, right? What’s another 20 years?”
This revelation is what lead to the newly released St. Cecilia EP we are talking about today. In spite of those reflective thoughts inspired by Sonic Highways, The Foo soon found themselves at work again. This time, instead of a legendary studio, they chose to record in the St. Cecilia Hotel, where they were staying during the Austin City Limits Festival. Collaborators for the effort include Gary Clark Jr. and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as singer/songwriter Ben Kweller, who worked with The Foo Fighters on Sonic Highways.
He had this to say about what St. Cecilia means to the band and their legacy:
“Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time,” Grohl wrote. “We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder…those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now…. So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.”
As you can see, with metaphors like “bread crumbs” and “the woods,” this must have been weighing heavy on Dave for some time. Recent history even shows that he has considered a Foo Fighters hiatus before. In September of 2012, as the Foo Fighters were wrapping the Wasting Light tour and were co-headlining the first Global Citizen’s Festival in New York City, Grohl was quoted as saying, “Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this… honestly, I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again.”
When it’s all said and done, maybe that is why the band chose to call this EP St. Cecilia. After all, it’s not just the name of a hotel that the Foo Fighters passed through in Austin Texas, it’s also the patroness saint of music. The Foo Fighters have been together in some form or another since 1994 . They have eight albums to their name.