In one in every of Foo Fighters’ best creations, “Occasions Like These,” Dave Grohl wrote in regards to the band’s jagged and unsure future. At its core is a message of acceptance, that our darkest moments can by some means be paired with grace, and the unhealthy issues that occur to us can provide our lives that means.
On However Right here We Are, Foo Fighters’ eleventh album and their first after the 2022 demise of Taylor Hawkins, Grohl is actively wrestling with this concept. Perhaps it doesn’t matter that we be taught to stay and love once more within the face of consuming ache. Perhaps none of it issues.
Not solely has the band been very publicly mourning the demise of Hawkins, Grohl has been quietly mourning the demise 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the messages we inform ourselves — the storm will go, nothing good lasts endlessly, the whole lot we love will develop outdated — however none of it appears to stay.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 steadily mired within the trauma of’ demise 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 because the flip of the millennium.
Earlier than Hawkins’ demise, Foo Fighters weren’t fairly working 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 snug 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, nevertheless it’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 pressure between Grohl sounding deflated and impassioned.