Released today, Foo Fighters’ first single Rope, taken off their highly anticipated record Wasting Light (released in April) has pretty much got everything you’d expect from a Foo’s record. And then some. The track harks back to the distinct and familiar sound of the band yet is a vast departure from their 2007 record, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Where Echoes explored the ample diverse musical skills within the band, clearly revelling in both their rock and acoustic talents, Rope is a reminder of the Foo’s stripped down to their raw sound-and it sounds damn great.
Recorded in Dave’s garage on analogue tape, with Butch ‘Nevermind’ Vig recruited to bring the band back to basics, this is a record made with no expectations to impress, yet I reckon will result in the highest of expectations and accolades, the Foo’s finally sounding comfortable to do whatever the hell they want. Unlike their early tracks, which although have the same instant energy, (see their self their self titled record) Rope is well thought out, and will sound the same when played live and on tape.
Guitar riffs in abundance, drums pounding and Grohl vocally on top form, this track is the Foo’s at their peak-not trying to impress any ears, not trying to fit into any genres, just having full on fun. If this is a sign of how the rest of the record will sound, I cannot wait to hear it.