Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone that the band’s upcoming Record Store Day EP, Songs From The Laundry Room, was actually recorded in one. He explained, “There was a kid that lived not too far from me that had a four-track studio in the laundry room in his parents’ house, his name was Barrett Jones. He was a couple years older than me. But he was the guy who bought the equipment and started figuring out how to record all of his friends’ bands. So the first time I ever recorded anything was with Barrett.”
Grohl said that the tracks on the EP date back to his days playing in punk bands in Virginia. The disc includes early demos of Foos songs “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a cover of Kim Wilde‘s “Kids in America” and the previously unreleased “Empty Handed.”
The EP will be available in independent record stores on April 18th, this year’s designated Record Store Day.
There are 15 or 20 more tracks from those early sessions that are still unreleased, according to Grohl.
Grohl recalled that Jones recorded several bands he played in, including Scream and Nirvana, and helped him record the demos for what would become the first Foo Fighters album, released in 1995.
Grohl is serving as Record Store Day Ambassador this year, saying, “Vinyl, to me, was a really precious art form, ’cause you would get these albums and they were all handmade. Going to a record store and flipping through bins of major-label albums from years ago or today is fun. But when you order something from an independent that’s really handmade . . . that, to me, was f**king cool.”
Grohl’s love of vinyl and “handmade” records has also influenced his preference to record in analog rather than digital, as he told us a while back:
“Definitely recording with analog 24-track equipment, you get a lot more personality and imperfection. Digital recording, you have the option to make things perfect and you can manipulate them and sometimes you just suck the human element out of it. But with tape, once you hit ‘record,’ it really is what it is.”
Foo Fighters will tour North America this summer, beginning on July 4th in Washington D.C., in support of the band’s Sonic Highways album and to commemorate the group’s 20th anniversary.