Dave Grohl Says New Foo Fighters Album Was Recorded in a Haunted House

Ghost stories from the rock god

March 23, 2020
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When Dave Grohl said the new Foo Fighters album was different than anything the band had ever done before, he was talking about the music. But it’s safe to say dealing with the antics of ghosts during the recording process was a first as well.

The band rented a 1940s-era house in Encino, CA to lay down the tracks for the follow-up to 2017's Concrete and Gold. Grohl told NME the address has a history that he can’t get into because of a non-disclosure agreement with the man he rented it from, and apparently that history came to life when Foo Fighters were there.

“I knew the vibes were definitely off but the sound was f****** on,” said Grohl. “We would come back to the studio the next day and all of the guitars would be detuned. Or the setting we’d put on the board, all of them had gone back to zero.

“We would open up a Pro Tools session and tracks would be missing. There were some tracks that were put on there that we didn’t put on there. But just like weird open mic noises. Nobody playing an instrument or anything like that, just an open mic recording a room.”

Grohl says he set up one of his old nest cams to see what was going on when the band wasn’t in the house and captured some things no one could explain. “These multiple occurrences over a short period of time made us finish the album as quickly as we could,” he said.

The album doesn’t have a title or a release date yet but the possibilities now seem endless. And we really hope Foo Fighters left some of those mysterious noises on there. As for the music?

"I'm f****** excited for people to hear it and I can't wait to jump on that f****** stage to play it," Grohl told Kerrang. "There are choruses on this record that 50-f******-thousand people are gonna sing, and it's gonna bring everyone's f****** hearts together in that moment. And that's what it's all about."

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