In one of the Foo Fighters’ greatest creations, “Times Like These,” Dave Grohl writes about the band’s bumpy and uncertain future. At its core is a message of acceptance, that our darkest moments can somehow be paired with grace, and that the bad things that happen to us can give our lives meaning.
we But here we areIt is the Foo Fighters’ eleventh studio album and first following Taylor Hawkins’ death in 2022, Grohl actively grapples with this idea. Perhaps it does not matter that we learn to live and love again in the face of pain. Maybe none of that matters
Not only was the band publicly mourning Hawkins’ death, Grohl was quietly mourning the death of his mother, Virginia Grohl, and although there was no official announcement, But here we are He arrives with heartfelt devotion to both his bandmate and his mother. Throughout the album, Grohl muses on grief and the messages we tell ourselves—the storm will pass, nothing good lasts forever, everything we love will grow old—but none of it seems consistent.
So Grohl turns towards his bandmates and his family. He doesn’t have any answers or even any quotable nuggets of wisdom. He is often overwhelmed with ‘death and the consequences’. The band doesn’t overcompensate with synths, dance beats, or a trio of blues backing vocalists. They gather close to each other, play and play LoudlyWith anger, passion, confusion and despair. It’s the best Foo Fighters album since the turn of the millennium.
Prior to Hawkins’ death, the Foo Fighters were not running out of steam, but their overall creativity was lacking. 2017’s Concrete and gold and 2021 Medicine in the middle of the night Caught in the middle, the band found themselves only expanding their sound in ways that still felt comfortable and safe, never really challenging what a Foo Fighters song could be. It was the sound of a band that knew its dedicated fanbase wouldn’t beat an eye. They were still selling arenas and getting radio airplay, and their legacy is firmly unchallenged.
Obviously they are now a different band. The stakes have changed, the mission has changed. But here we are Part of it is a eulogy for those who lost it, but it’s also a reminder of the potential of this group. Many songs I listened to on the Foo Fighters’ second and third albums, 1997 color and shape and 1999 There is nothing left to lose With sour and grungy guitar chords, and more ambiance in the production, the tension between Grohl’s voice is waned and excited.