Foo Fighters are back with an “ass-slaming” rocker built for Guitar Hero (and if we’re lucky, Prince). “The Pretender,” the first single from the Foos’ forthcoming sixth LP Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (wow, just what we like in a mate!), had its world premiere on KROQ a couple days ago, and has been tearing up YouTube in the form of publicity photo collages. Find the MP3 at HypeM or Pretty Much Amazing. The intro’s sorta “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and the drummers out there will dig Taylor’s big hit on beat 4 of the 4th bar in the 4 bar hook — the illusion of a new downbeat, friends. Count it out.
As might be expected from a Foo single, “The Pretender” is coiled with Grohl’s patented dynamic shifts (soft, loud, soft, loud, lift-off) and adrenaline-upping. There’s so much youthful urgency, it’s difficult to believe RCA/Legacy recently issued a 10th Anniversary edition of Colour & Shape, which received a fair review at P4K, though the number grade didn’t seem to match the sentiments. Deducted points for the nonsense of a 10th Anniversary Edition presumably. Well, we still think the original record’s pretty solid, as is “The Pretender” and, come to think of it, this “Foo A To Z” goodie list organized by Berkeley Place. (Maybe they cheated slightly on “X,” but extra points for “Z.”)
Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace is out 9/25 on Roswell/RCA.
Still anxiously awaiting “Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running).”