Being a pretty big Foo Fighters fan, when it was announced that along with the new album release of Sonic Highways, there would also be a sort of accompanying TV show of the same name put out on HBO, this little Foo fan was very excited.
Just because I am a Foo Fighters fan. I’m not much of a music person. Sure there are certain bands/artists (Foo Fighters, QoTSA, Streetlight Manifesto, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lana del Rey) that I know I like. Certain types of music I will listen to at the drop of a hat, but I don’t have a type of music. I don’t know new music, or really search it out. Music history is a blank spot in my mind. Music in general has never been anything more than something I’ll occasionally need.
So, it’s a little weird that I was so excited about Sonic Highways, considering it’s to music as what Parts Unknown is to food. The Foo Fighters go to a different city in the States and record each song off their new album, Sonic Highways, in said different city. Along the way we’re given a history lesson in the people music of that city.
There’s something about Dave Grohl. I’m no groupie, honest. He just has such a passion for music – all music, it’s infectious. And that’s what really makes Sonic Highways. Dave is the narrator. You’re seeing his journey through the cities and his experiences through his eyes. It doesn’t matter if you have no idea who half the artists, music producers or studio owners are. His interviews with all the people on the show aren’t interviews, but conversations. Sometimes fairly intimate conversations that you’re privy to. And you get to learn so much because it’s about the people.
I was genuinely surprised at just how interested I was in the episode based in Nashville and learning about country music! Of all things! Learning about the punk rock scene in Washington. How Foo Fighters eventually formed in Seattle.
The 8 part show is over. Certainly an interesting experiment by Dave and the Foos. Watching Sonic Highways followed by listening to the album gave me a different appreciation of it.
You never know. Open yourself up to something new and you might just enjoy it. Not just enjoy it, but learn from it and maybe even broaden your horizons a little bit.