Foo Fighters have talked about the new creation process of their recently released album ‘Wasting Lights’ on multiple occasions but until now, they had not revealed the reason why they decided that a change was due. For their new album, the rock quintet opted to part ways with the high tech facilities of studios and went to record in a congested garage, where they had to record their music on outdated reel-to-reel tape machine instead of the state-of-the-art equipment that they are comfortable with. But according to the band frontman Dave Grohl, the whole move was initiated on purpose with a particular reason in mind.
Grohl said that it feels a bit noble to record their stuff on the basic equipment and then present it to the fans in its roughest possible form. The ability to sell out venues on the basis of something made in the raw environment of a garage is what makes them feel like a ‘badass.’
He silently criticized those who let the fancy computers and studio equipment do most of the work for them and announced that they take pride in their ability to create their sound with the least possible computer intervention. This means that sometimes people do feel that Foo Fighters are a bit out of synchronization or the music is not in perfect line with the vocals, but that is the kind of defect that Grohl is happy to have, as according to him this makes their content genuine and humane and it keeps the spirit of true rock and roll alive.
The badass and rough ambiance is not only audible in the Wasting Light’s sound, but the whole ambiance created around it, generates this raw and edgy vibe. The album made very little use of the studio engineers brought in for the production purpose- a move which allowed the sound of “White Limo,” ”Rope” and “I Should Have Known” to stay natural and non-decorative.
Grohl revealed that it was his idea to record everything on tape instead of computer. He said that although computers are easy to work with and more sophisticated, but the use of tape means that the band has to be at their best at all times, in order to keep the performance even. “When I first brought it up, I said, ‘Hey, I want to do this to tape,’ and everybody was like, ‘Well, can you do that?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the way we used to do it,’ and Butch [Vig], the producer, he produced Nevermind, like, 20 years ago, and that was tape,” the band frontman explained.
The experience did turn sour initially when after the very first session, the recording crew began to edit the tape and rued the fact that they weren’t allowed to use computers. Grohl then showed them his strict side and warned that the project has to be recorded on tapes otherwise their future with the band would be in jeopardy.David Grohl, Wasting Lights