If you visited the Foo Fighters website during the past few weeks, you would have seen a countdown clock with a Foo Fighters logo on the homepage. Some speculated that the band was maybe getting ready to announce more tour dates or a second season of their HBO series Sonic Highways. The clock expired at midnight Sunday night, and the result was a 5-song EP titled Saint Cecilia that the band has made available to download for free. Above, you can listen to the complete release on the Foo's official YouTube.
Along with the release, frontman Dave Grohl wrote a few words about the EP and the tragic events that occurred in Paris, France on November 13, 2015, which also forced the Foo Fighters to cancel their remaining 2015 European tour dates:
19 November 2015
Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
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 songs featured here were recorded at the Saint Cecilia Hotel during the time the band was performing two headlining sets at the Austin City Limits music festival. An iTunes description of the music is as follows:
This five-song EP captures nearly forgotten moments from the band's 20-year odyssey—a brilliant patchwork of pieced-together riffs and song fragments that were tracked in an impromptu studio at Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia. The road-tested band blasts through the set of scrappy guitar-driven rockers with high-volume fury. Polished? No way. But the rowdy performances and rough edges make Saint Cecilia pack a visceral punch.
You can download Saint Cecilia by visiting SaintCeciliaEP.com.
The vinyl edition will be available January 29, 2016 via Amazon.
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