News, Rock — January 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Foo Fighters drop a surprise new EP ‘Cecilia’ … and it’s completely free!

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A countdown clock on the Foo Fighter’s website clicked down to zero last night at which point the rockers dropped a free EP of new songs in honour of the victims involved in the Paris attacks.

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After hinting of a surprise announcement on their website weeks prior, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said the EP was originally designed to mark the end of the group global tour.

“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,” Grohl wrote in a letter to announce the EP. 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.”

 

In an open letter accompanying the release, Dave Grohl said the release is dedicated to victims of the Paris attacks, the EP having “taken on an entirely different tone” since the attacks, after which Foo Fighters cancelled the remainder of their European tour.

 

According to iTunes, “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.”

 

Available for immediate download and streaming for free on the band’s website or through iTunes.

 

The letter from Dave Grohl also describes the raucous and booze fuelled recording sessions at (great) length, which occurred as part of the frenetic Sonic Highways project. Taking over the Saint Celia hotel while performing at Austin City Limits, Grohl describes how “as we pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea. To records some songs on our days off to give to world as a “thank you” for the last 2 years. It gets a bit sentimental by the end but is well worth a read as it give you a unrivalled glimpse behind life on the road for the Foos.

 

Saint Cecilia Tracklist

01. Saint Cecilia
02. Sean
03. Savior Breath
04. Iron Rooster
05. The Neverending Sigh