Foo Fighters launch surprise St. Cecilia, EP! (free download)

At the end of October, Foo Fighters launched a mysterious countdown clock on their website. I would have put my balls on the line and said they were going to kick off the second CD recording process with documentary-style series as they did for ‘Sonic Highways’, but thank God I didn’t because Dave and the boys topped my expectations and releases a brand new EP that you can download for FREE (download here)!

The new EP is called St. Cecilia, recorded live in Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia while the band were in town to headline Austin City Limits. They’re offering it as a free download — which includes a lengthy note and a description of the recording sessions from Dave Grohl!

In an open letter, Dave Grohl said the EP has “taken on an entirely different tone” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month, which forced Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their European tour. Grohl says the EP is dedicated to victims of the attacks.

“Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”

The road-tested band blasts through the set of scrappy guitar-driven rockers with high-volume fury. Polished? No way. But the rowdy performances and rough edges make Saint Cecilia pack a visceral punch.”

Saint Cecilia Tracklist:

01. Saint Cecilia

02. Sean

03. Savior Breath

04. Iron Rooster

05. The Neverending Sigh

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