In this weeks episode the Foo Fighters traveled to Washington, D.C., home of Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Go Go Music, Henry Rollins and punk pioneers Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Fugazi. This episode was a sort of homecoming for singer Dave Grohl who is a Virginia native. Grohl credits the music scene of D.C. as his main influence in his music today.
Washington, D.C., as Charles Dickens once said is “the city of magnificent intentions”, is also known as a city were few are born and raised here, a city where people come and go.
The band set up shop at the famous Inner Ear Studios where Grohl says “produced the entire soundtrack of my youth.” Owner and operator, Don Zientara, produced almost every D.C. punk album to come out of the area including Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, and Scream.
Too many people outside looking in, D.C. is home to the Go Go music movement, but to people who lived in D.C. the underground punk rock movement was the heart and soul of D.C. One artist who paved the way for so many punk bands today was Ian MacKaye (Teen Idols, Minor Threat and Fugazi). Not only did he create some of the most influential punk bands of all time, but he created to first major D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) punk label called Dischord Records, all while only being 18 years old. The first records produced and pressed by the label where created in house, hand made sleeves glued by friends and family. If this isn’t punk rock right there than I don’t know what is.
The episode ended with the Foo Fighters performing a new track called “The Feast and The Famine“. A pure rock track mixed with punk rock chords and fast paced drums. The lyrics echo the political movements of the 70’s and 80’s while paying homage to one of Dave Grohl’s favorite bands, Bad Brains. The track is fast, in your face and has a message that needs to be heard. This is one of the most punk infused tracks the Foo Fighters have ever recorded.
Next episode the band travels to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of Country music. Sonic Highways is on Friday nights at 11PM (Eastern Time) on HBO.
The Foo Fighters new album will be released on November 10th.