In an interview with Billboard, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins says the band is getting started on their next album, the follow-up to 2011’s Wasting Light. That album was the band’s second consecutive #1 on the Billboard 200.
He said: “We’re getting started. We’re getting our ideas together. Dave (Grohl) has his brain working overtime, like usual, and he’s got a lot of great ideas, both musically and conceptually — none that I can speak of at this moment, but it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be cool.”
During the South by Southwest Music + Media Conference, Grohl (in Austin, Texas with his Sound city Players and Sound City documentary) said that he had “a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it…It won’t be a conventional record.”Hawkins adds that the band is feeling pressure to make the album as good as their others.
He continued: “Absolutely. You always want every one of them to be the best one you’ve ever done, and you always think you haven’t done your best one. Although some people may feel we have, I still think we haven’t written our ‘Hotel California’ or our ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ or whatever. You should always be a little scared…Every time you start a record, you have to be, like, ready to fuckin’ kill yourself or it’s not gonna be any good.”
Meanwhile, Hawkins is still playing with his hard rock covers band Chevy Metal and said he wants to do a side project with either Coattail Riders or a different group. He said: “We’re like the fuckin’ shittiest heavy metal wedding band of all time. I’ve been trying to find a chance to do something like that. I’ve got a bunch of demos for songs. Everybody else in Foo Fighters is a lot better at multi-tasking; the only way I can start a Coattail record or a Taylor record or whatever it is, it just kind of has to happen and get rolling and I have to get halfway done with and go, ‘Oh, I guess we’re doing this…’ I’m not good at going, ‘OK, we’re gonna do this at this time and I need to sit down and work on these songs’ and dah, dah, dah. I’m not like that — which would explain my grade point average in high school. That’s why I’m a rock ‘n’ roll musician, for sure.”