Foo Fighters’ tenth studio album, “Medicine at Midnight,” debuted on Friday and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
#MedicineAtMidnight Out Now!!!🤘🖤 https://t.co/30VeUXc88k
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) February 5, 2021
The album gives off funk vibes, but still remains true to the band’s traditional and loved style.
The band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins told USA Today, “It’s almost like two records in one… you’ve got your disco, “dancey”, groove-oriented album, and then other half is pretty traditional Foo Fighters rock music. So if you don’t like the dancey bits, just fast-forward.”
Singer Dave Grohl is the band’s main creative force. The song “Waiting on a War,” was inspired by his childhood, and the music video for, “Shame Shame,” was inspired by one of his dreams.
Grohl told NPR, “Waiting on a War,” is the most important song of the album, it was also written for his daughter Harper.
“She one day asked, “Daddy, are we going to war?” It brought me back to myself at 10 or 11 years old, and my greatest fear was dying in a nuclear war,” said Grohl.
He goes on to describe the encounter with his daughter as heartbreaking, “It made me think that maybe every generation has that same fear. And what a hopeless way to just lose your childhood to that. I hope she feels she has something to look forward to because there’s got to be more to life than that.”
While Grohl’s daughter Harper gave inspiration for “Waiting on a War”, his eldest daughter Violet gave her vocals to the track, “Making a Fire”.
“Medicine at Midnight,” was not recorded in a typical studio, instead the band rented out an old house down the street from Grohl’s home. After school Violet would come to the house and do her homework while the band worked their music magic.
One day the album’s producer Greg Kurtin randomly asked violet to sing on a track and she was game. Grohl describes the encounter as natural and said that it was never planned for her to be featured on the album.
Grohl also gushed about how his daughters are musically inclined. Harper plays drums and Violet sings, she is also amazing at memorizing arrangements, composition, and patterns.
“Medicine at Midnight,” was set to release last year, however, shortly after the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down, the band decided to postpone its release. The band also had a tour planned where the album would have most likely been performed. While concerts are out of the question for the time being, Foo Fighters are promoting the album on social media and with various radio appearances.
On Apple Music, the band is releasing a six-part series about their members. Fans can tune into Medicine At Midnight Radio, Monday-Saturday at 4PM PT.
Introducing Foos brand new show, #MedicineAtMidnight Radio! Tune in Mon-Sat at 4pm PT & get to know more about each member's musical path. Nate’s first on Mon followed by Chris, Rami, Taylor, Dave, & ending w/ Pat on Sat. Check it out, only on @applemusic. https://t.co/DnVor0FoTr pic.twitter.com/SEMcwJb0iQ
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) February 6, 2021
Now till April 4th, Sirius XM is playing Foo Fighters Radio on channel 105 and on the SiriusXM app.
“Medicine at Midnight,” is available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.