Foo Fighters At The Dragonfly or: Why You Should Be Following Your Favorite Band On Twitter
“Do you like my little tweets?” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl asked the crowd after playing through the band’s new album at the Dragonfly on Friday night. The show was the second “secret show” in as many weeks that Grohl teased to fans on Twitter leading up to the announcement of the location/time of the tiny club gig. “Up until last year I had no idea what Twitter was. My 72 year old mother, who can barely use the VCR, told me about it.” Yet another lesson in why you should be following your favorite band on Twitter. Granted they aren’t all going to up and surprise you at a tiny club in Los Angeles, but hell you never know! Now as Grohl says, “If I want to do a super sneaky club gig all I gotta do is tweet that ass.” You’ve been warned!
“You guys want to hear the new album?” Grohl yelled to the 250 or so lucky attendees as the band made their way onto the tiny stage. The answer was an obvious HELL FUCKING YES! and with that the Foos were off, shredding through their brand-new and unheard, save for a few 30 second online snippets, tracks. The album is a departure of sorts from the anthem laden super produced sound of their previous work into a grittier, harder sound. An album that was in fact recorded in Grohl’s San Fernando Valley garage on analog tape with the only computer in the place to “send those little Tweets”. With production from Nevermind producer Butch Vig, it is a full-force rock album that calls upon Grohl’s harder rock projects (QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, Nirvana).
The tightness and polish of the new tracks was incredible considering they are just babies among the grown-ups and well knowns in the Foo Fighters library. Opener “Burning Bridges” and “White Limo” are ideal specimens of the new sound as they are laden with guitar heavy riffs and Grohl screams. “Dear Rosemary” featuring show opener/Husker Du frontman Bob Mould, is one of the shining points of the new album, the 90’s throwback of sorts is unique from anything previously recorded but still at home in the FF universe. The track also features four(!) guitar parts with Grohl, Mould, Chris Shifflet and former/now full time Foo member and Germs guitarist Pat Smear. The second to last track, “I Should Have Known” was the slowest track of the bunch but probably the heaviest, in this case not in sound but content. With former Nirvana bandmember Krist Novaselic on bass and accordion, “I Should Have Known” is supposedly about Grohl and Novaselic’s former friend and bandmate, the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.