CHICAGO (CBS) — While there’s nothing particularly complicated about the structure of the Foo Fighter’s newest single, which begins with ominous whispers from Dave Grohl before launching into the kind of guttural yells you usually only hear from CTA riders with broken Ventra cards, it is without a doubt an ode to Chicago.
Anyone who’s watched “Late Night with David Letterman” the past week, which has featured the Foo Fighters as their musical guest in residency, knows that the band has both a documentary series and a new album coming out.
“Something From Nothing,” the ode to Chicago, is the first single off the album, “Sonic Highways,” which is being released on November 10th. Listen to the new single below.
“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” premieres tomorrow night (October 17th) on HBO. The documentary follows the band as they go from city to city, writing and recording songs from the experiences they gain from the trip.
The first episode takes place in Chicago. While here, Dave Grohl talked with some of Chicago’s greatest living musicians, including Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Buddy Guy. The band recorded “Something From Nothing” at the studio of Steve Albini, a seminal and sometimes controversial figure in the Chicago punk music scene. Albini and Grohl are not strangers — Albini was the producer for Nirvana’s In Utero, which Grohl played drums on.
In celebration of Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters will be in town tomorrow night playing Chicago’s Cubby Bear (a much smaller venue than they’re used to) tomorrow night (October 17th).
Lyrically, “Something From Nothing” doesn’t describe the Windy City in great detail. The subtle influences are there though, including a reference to Chicago blues legend Muddy Waters. Tomorrow’s premiere of “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” will undoubtedly shed on the subject.