Foo Fighters release new “Saint Cecilia” EP

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The album artwork of the Foo Fighters new EP “Saint Cecilia” is simple but memorable.

By: Travis Horodyski, Fall Reporter

About a month ago the Foo Fighters placed a countdown timer on their website, counting down the time until midnight on Monday November 23rd. Many speculations were discussed about what it could be but no one was absolutely sure.

To much surprise they released a brand new five song EP that they recorded at the famous Saint Cecilia Hotel, located in Austin, Texas. The band managed to set up a makeshift recording studio inside of the hotel. Best of all this EP is free. All you have to do is visit the Foo Fighters website to download the songs.

The first track appropriately titled Saint Cecilia starts off the EP with catchy guitar riffs that compliment the lyrical arrangements throughout the track.The fast paced rhythm of the drums that clash with the guitar riffs created an interesting and catchy sound. The best part of the song is in the outro where frontman, Dave Grohl, sings his powerful yells that sound reminiscent to the earlier Foo Fighter records.

The second track titled Sean is a fun and energetic song that seemingly describes crazy experiences with someone named Sean. Fans don’t know if Sean is a real person or a metaphor for something else but never the less the lyrics are catchy and will have fans singing along. For a track that is only 2:11 in length the band managed to put together an interesting spaced out bridge in the song.

Lead singer of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl on stage reaching out to his fans
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Lead singer of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl on stage reaching out to his fans

Savior Breath is the third track and also the halfway mark on the EP. The song has an old school Proto-punk feel and sound (think Iggy Pop and the Stooges) because the guitars in the song have that dirty fuzz tone that match up with Dave Grohl’s loud and powerful singing. This is the heaviest song on the EP from start to finish; it will have fans banging their head. Throughout the song there are some face-melting lead guitar licks that combine with the fast, pounding drums that leave listeners excited to listen to the remainder of the EP.

Compared to the other songs, the fourth track Iron Rooster is the odd one out of the bunch. Not in a bad way, but it has a very different sound to the other tracks. The tone is softer and slower. The lyrics to the song have a sense of reminiscence to the past and how time sneaks up on you. The song also has some great instrumental breaks that add a sense of atmosphere to the track.

The fifth and final track The Neverending Sigh is a great song to finish off the EP. It has the heavy riffs and loud sing-along chorus that fans love and expect from the Foo Fighters. The lyrics to this song seem to be about some kind of relationship that went wrong. This track fades out with an awesome guitar solo playing and that’s it, the EP is finished.

Saint Cecilia is an overall great EP, especially compared to their previous release Sonic Highways that was met with mixed reviews. It is highly recommended downloading the EP if you’re a fan of rock and roll music or are looking for something new to listen to.