"If you want to survive you have to push a little bit": Dave Grohl on working with Greg Kurstin

In the new edition of Music Week, we welcome Foo Fighters to the cover for a very special look at their new album campaign. For this week’s Big Interview, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, super-producer Greg Kurstin and top Sony execs tell us how their new album, Concrete And Gold - released September 15 via Columbia - stands to make rock’s biggest band even bigger.

In the interview, Grohl tells Music Week why the band have elected to push their sound further than ever before by recruiting Adele super-producer Greg Kurstin to helm the project.

“If you want to survive you have to kind of push a little bit,” said Grohl. “I just imagined the sound moving outwards, not necessarily alternative instrumentation and shit like that, just sonically to push it out. Greg, is a fucking genius. He’s a brilliant producer and he has this sonic intuition that I have never seen in anybody else.”

While the record certainly contains some moments that see Kurstin work his pop-inflected magic on their sound, Grohl is quick to stress that Concrete And Gold is not a record that sees them leave rock behind.

“I think there was this feeling that we wanted it to be the antithesis of the albums that Greg had made,” smiles Grohl. “Knowing that he is most famous for being a polished pop producer, we got super fucking noisy right out of the gate. When we first got in there, we thought, Let’s make them long, let’s make them noisy, let’s make them weird. We were experimenting with drum sounds, we were getting guitar sounds we had never gotten before. I think we were just focused on making it worlds away from anything he had done before.”

Speaking about the wider state of rock in 2017, Grohl said that making the new Foos album in a studio close to their friends Queens Of The Stone Age taught him that there are “still rock and roll records to be made”

"Josh [Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist] and I were texting the other day, and we just thought, Well, let’s just go take over the fucking world together,” beams Grohl. “Let’s do it, why not?”

To read the full Foo Fighters cover feature, see this week’s edition of Music Week, or subscribers can click here. To subscribe and never miss a big music biz story, click here.


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