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Foo Fighters announce new album ‘But Here We Are’ and share lead track ‘Rescued’

The Foos are back with their first record since the death of Taylor Hawkins

By Nick Reilly

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs live
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing live (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Foo Fighters have announced But Here We Are, the band’s eleventh album and the first since the tragic death of Taylor Hawkins while the band were on tour in South America last year. You can check out lead single ‘Rescued’ now.

Set for release on June 2, the record is described as “a brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters endured over the last year” and “a testament to the healing powers of music, friendship and family”.

The first taste of the Greg Kurstin-produced record comes in ‘Rescued’, a powerful effort anchored by Dave Grohl’s distinctive vocals, which sees the group firing on all cylinders.

“It came in a flash/It came out of nowhere,” Grohl sings in the opening. “It happened so fast/And then it was over.” Grohl adds on the chorus, “I’m just waiting to be rescued/Bring me back to life.”

“Courageous, damaged and unflinchingly authentic, But Here We Are opens with newly released lead single “Rescued,” the first of 10 songs that run the emotional gamut from rage and sorrow to serenity and acceptance, and myriad points in between,” said a statement on the band’s website.

“Produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, But Here We Are is in nearly equal measure the 11th Foo Fighters album and the first chapter of the band’s new life. Sonically channeling the naiveté of Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut, informed by decades of maturity and depth, But Here We Are is the sound of brothers finding refuge in the music that brought them together in the first place 28 years ago, a process that was as therapeutic as it was about a continuation of life.”

News of the record comes after the group appeared to tease new music on social media last week.

Last September, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee played together for the first time since Hawkins’ death when they headlined two massive tribute gigs at Wembley Stadium in London and The Forum in Los Angeles. Guests across the two shows included Liam GallagherAlanis Morisette, the surviving members of Rush, Paul McCartney and Miley Cyrus.

They will also head out on a US and European tour this summer.

Check out the track-list in full below.

‘Rescued ‘
‘Under You’
‘Hearing Voices’
‘But Here We Are’
‘The Glass’
‘Nothing At All’
‘Show Me How’
‘Beyond Me’
‘The Teacher’