Foo Fighters frontman also spotlights young music students in two-part documentary
By Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone
The project opens with the Foo Fighters leader reflecting on the sheer childlike joy of picking up an instrument. “To any musician, young or old, a beautiful studio full of instruments like a playground,” he says. “To me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Most musicians are always chasing the next challenge; you never feel satisfied, and you never feel like you’ve completely mastered the instrument you’re playing. It’s always going to be a puzzle; it’s always going to be a challenge. It’s a beautiful mystery. But once it gets its hooks in you, that’s when the obsession and the drive really kick in.”
Play concludes with Grohl’s epic, expertly edited in-studio video, in which he overdubs various instruments (electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, drums, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizers, vibraphone, tambourine, tympani) in a one-man-band approach. The footage is a head trip in itself, piecing together the sessions so that various Grohls appear to play live together in one room.
The song finds Grohl at his most progressive, journeying from a synth rumble rumble reminiscent of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” to feedback-fueled metal riffs to atmospheric sections to Queens of the Stone Age-styled stoner-rock.
Grohl will release a limited-edition vinyl version of Play on September 28th. The LP is available to pre-order, and the digital version is available to stream and download now.