Q&A with Dave Grohl: On why he began writing after Nirvana, admiring Stewart Copeland and who played that solo on ‘Medicine at Midnight’

(This interview has been edited for readability and duration.)

Q: We are going to speak about your new document, “Medication at Middle of the night.” However first I need to ask, how is your mom doing and has she gotten the shot?

A: Mother’s doing excellent. She has now not gotten the shot but, however she’s 83 years previous. So she’s eligible. She’s doing actually neatly. I imply, she is my favourite individual to speak to. I like speaking to her about song or politics or meals or no matter. She’s a very simple hold and really cool.

Q: I need to ask you a few solo for your new document — on “Medication at Middle of the night,” the real tune. Who’s taking part in that solo?

A: Chris Shiflett, who’s a super guitarist. I believe he sits round on YouTube and learns stuff — k, that’s simply one thing we don’t do. And that is the recipe of the Foo Combatants. Drummer Taylor Hawkins and our bass participant, Nate Mendel, they paintings in combination. Taylor works my band like he’s Pal Wealthy. He’s the person who’s yelling like looking to make issues proper. After which Pat and I take a look at to not care. We’ve a announcing on this: “If it will get any higher, it’s going to worsen.” We use this as our mantra.

Q: So that you have been in Nirvana with Kurt Cobain. However I used to be doing a mind tornado, looking to suppose if there may be some other instance of a fellow who is in a band the place he performs drums or bass or no matter, after which he is going into some other band later and that band is arguably extra well-liked, larger, and he is writing the songs and making a song them. Is there some extent overdue in Nirvana the place you might be considering, “I have were given these kind of songs. I am like George Harrison right here, how do I am getting them out?”

A: Neatly, all of it is going again to that well-known funny story. What used to be the very last thing the drummer mentioned prior to he used to be kicked out of the band? “Hiya, guys, I were given a few songs I believe we will have to play.” However pay attention, whilst you’re in a band with anyone who’s arguably the most efficient songwriter of that technology, you don’t actually need to confuse the method with some “Yellow Submarine.” And it used to be now not most effective an honor, however an unbelievable excitement to play drums in Nirvana, as a result of the ones songs, all they required used to be like disco drums on crack. Simply make the largest, simplest noise to push the ones songs in the course of the audio system.

So in beginning the Foo Combatants, I didn’t have a plan. I’d been recording songs by myself, however in a basement studio the place I’d have those concepts and I might document them actually briefly. And I used to be kind of fearful or embarrassed, too shy to play them for folks. However after Nirvana used to be over, I simply didn’t know what to do. I imply, the arena’s grew to become the other way up. And I used to be roughly traumatized. After which I assumed, “Neatly, I’ve been taking part in song since I used to be a kid and it stored my whole lifestyles.” In order that’s once I went in to document what turned into the primary document.

Q: To begin with, I do not want you to slag on “Yellow Submarine.” It is a very good tune. It may well be a few submarine. However in all seriousness, as a result of, you’ll be able to brush it off, however you might be an artist and you’ve got the facility to do issues folks cannot do with songwriting and making a song and melody. I imply, if other folks have not heard it, this tune “Ready on a Battle” is particular. But when Nirvana had persisted on and on, it sounds such as you by no means had a plan to return out and make your personal song.

A: I imply, it’s actually roughly interesting to me to suppose — neatly, to be fair, it used to be one thing rather then some kind of self-importance venture drive unlock. Probably the most issues that impressed me to do it used to be Stewart Copeland [of the Police]. You recognize, he did an aspect venture referred to as Klark Kent. So, anyone performed me that document prior to telling me who it used to be, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God, that is cool. It roughly sounds just like the Police.” They mentioned, “It’s Stewart Copeland.” And I assumed, “Wow, how cool that dude will get to be within the Police, however he’s additionally doing this different actually cool factor.” And that actually used to be a large a part of the foundation in the back of the Foo Combatants.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *