Foo Fighters say the recording of new album Concrete and Gold got “weird quick” as they collaborated with producer Greg Kurstin.
Kurstin wrote and produced three songs on Adele’s album 25, including the hit single Hello. The US producer has also worked with Lily Allen and Liam Gallagher.
So the real question is: Are the Foo Fighters swapping rock for Brit-influenced pop?
Over the weekend, Dave Grohl’s band “rickrolled” Rick Astley to the stage at Tokyo’s Summer Sonic festival, playing a version of the singer’s 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up.
“We figured, you know what, why don’t we just f****** rickroll their ass?,” Grohl told the audience.
“Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying? Never gonna give his ass up!”
In an interview before the show, guitarist Chris Shiflett said “people think it’s a really weird choice for us to work with a pop producer but it made perfect sense”.
“There’s so much more to Greg and his love of music and knowledge base than just the pop stuff,” he added.
Grohl, who famously started his career as the drummer in Nirvana, chose Kurstin to replicate the alchemy he has with Adele.
“The Greg we had in the studio was definitely the more adventurous soundscape guy – he brought more of that stuff,” said Foos’ keyboardist Rami Jaffee.
“I thought: ‘Oh boy, we’re getting weird quick!’ This record we really took extra leaps and bounds, sonically.”
Guest musicians on the new album include Paul McCartney, Alison Mosshart and The Kills.
Speaking about McCartney, Shiflett said.”He only did two passes at the song, which he had never even heard before. Then he just wanted to noodle around so we just jammed on a bunch of other stuff.”
Concrete And Gold is out on 12 September.