Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel has announced that he will release a brand new solo project in spring of 2015. According to Diffuser, he’s releasing it under the name Lieutenant and will issue the album via Dine Alone Records. Mendel told us a while back that he enjoys having creative freedom while still being a member of Foo Fighters:
“You know, the Foo Fighters was kind of imprinted with Dave’s personality right from the start, and it’s also developed into its own thing outside of him. It’s got its own sort of culture around it, and that’s fantastic. We all meet and we create that, but, you know, it’s nice to be able to do creative things outside the stricture of that.”
Mendel was a member of the cult early ’90s alternative band Sunny Day Real Estate before joining Foo Fighters, and has also played with The Fire Theft.
He made his debut as a film composer in 2005 on an independent movie called Our Burden Is Light, in which he also had a small acting role.
Foo Fighters released their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, last month, accompanied by an HBO documentary series on its creation.
The album sold around 190,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Next year the band will launch its biggest North American tour ever, hitting arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the summer and fall of 2015.