Foo Fighters have announced their tenth studio album Medicine at Midnight with the release of its lead single, “Shame Shame.”
The track is instantly notable for how it sidesteps expectations of the huge Foo Fighters rock sound, emphasizing groovy percussion, haunting backing vocals and swooping strings, with nary a growling guitar in sight.
In an interview with NME, Dave Grohl revealed that the band had completed Medicine at Midnight back in February ahead of an expansive international 25th anniversary tour, but the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic forced the band to truly stop and step back for the first time in years.
“Since it’s our tenth record and 25th anniversary, we decided years ago that we wanted to do something that sounded fresh,” Grohl said. “We’ve made some many different types of album, we’ve done acoustic things, we’ve done punk-rock things, mid-tempo Americana type of things. We have a lot of albums to fall back on, so you just have to go with our gut feeling and I thought instead of making some mellow adult album, I thought… ‘Let’s make a party album.’”
Foo Fighters debuted “Shame Shame” on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, pairing it with a stripped-back version of “Times Like These.” Much like their new single, the band’s performance of their 2003 hit started without guitars, pushing Grohl’s emotional vocals to the forefront over soft keys before ripping back into a full band sound midway through.
Medicine at Midnight, the follow-up to 2017’s Concrete and Gold, will arrive on February 5, 2021. Listen to “Shame Shame” below:
And watch Foo Fighters perform on Saturday Night Live here.
”Times Like These”: