In one among Foo Fighters’ best creations, “Instances Like These,” Dave Grohl wrote concerning the band’s jagged and unsure future. At its core is a message of acceptance, that our darkest moments can in some way be paired with grace, and the dangerous issues that occur to us can provide our lives which means.
On However Right here We Are, Foo Fighters’ eleventh album and their first after the 2022 loss of life of Taylor Hawkins, Grohl is actively wrestling with this concept. Possibly it doesn’t matter that we study to reside and love once more within the face of consuming ache. Possibly none of it issues.
Not solely has the band been very publicly mourning the loss of life of Hawkins, Grohl has been quietly mourning the loss of life of his mom, Virgina Grohl, and whereas there was no official announcement, However Right here We Are arrives with a heartfelt dedication to each his bandmate and his mother. All through the album, Grohl ruminates on grief and the messages we inform ourselves — the storm will cross, nothing good lasts without end, every little thing we love will develop previous — however none of it appears to stay.
So Grohl turns towards his bandmates and his household. He doesn’t have any solutions and even any quotable nuggets of knowledge. He’s regularly mired within the trauma of’ loss of life and the aftermath. The band doesn’t overcompensate with synths or dance beats or a trio of bluesy backing vocalists. They huddle shut collectively and play, they play loudly, with anger and keenness and confusion and desperation. It’s the most effective Foo Fighters album for the reason that flip of the millennium.
Earlier than Hawkins’ loss of life, Foo Fighters weren’t fairly operating out of steam, however their total creativity was stretching skinny. 2017’s Concrete and Gold and 2021’s Drugs At Midnight discovered the band caught within the center, increasing their sound solely in ways in which nonetheless felt comfy and protected, by no means actually difficult what a Foo Fighters tune could possibly be. It was the sound of a band who knew that their devoted fanbase wouldn’t bat a watch. They’d nonetheless promote out arenas and garner radio play, their legacy cemented and unchallenged.
Clearly, they’re now a special band. The stakes have modified, the mission altered. However Right here We Are is partly a eulogy for these they’ve misplaced, but it surely’s additionally a reminder of this group’s potential. Most of the songs hearken again to Foo Fighters’ second and third albums, 1997’s The Color and Form and 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose with bitter, grungy guitar chords, extra environment within the manufacturing, and a rigidity between Grohl sounding deflated and impassioned.