Foo Fighters announced today that their 11th studio album But Here We Are will be released June 2 via Roswell Records/RCA Records. Following a year of staggering losses, personal introspection and bittersweet remembrances, Foo Fighters return with this news and brand new single “Rescued” out now.
“A brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters endured over the last year, But Here We Are is a testament to the healing powers of music, friendship and family,” they announced on their website. “Courageous, damaged and unflinchingly authentic, But Here We Are opens with newly released lead single “Rescued,” the first of 10 songs that run the emotional gamut from rage and sorrow to serenity and acceptance, and myriad points in between.”
Produced by Foo Fighters and their long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin, But Here We Are “is in nearly equal measure the 11th Foo Fighters album and the first chapter of the band’s new life. Sonically channelling the naiveté of Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut, informed by decades of maturity and depth, But Here We Are is the sound of brothers finding refuge in the music that brought them together in the first place 28 years ago, a process that was as therapeutic as it was about a continuation of life.”
Their first release after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away suddenly in March 2022 while the band were on a South American tour, Foo Fighters have remained tight-lipped about the status of the band up until now.
“Rescued” is a hard-hitting track, detailing the need for connection after tragedy. Following up 2021’s Medicine at Midnight, the song’s steadfast percussion draws suspicion for who is indeed tracked on the song. Hawkins had been the drummer for Foo Fighters since 1997, joining the band after touring with Alanis Morissette, although frontman Dave Grohl does occasionally contribute on both vocals and percussion. Many fans have theorized he will play drums going forward on all studio projects, though names like Rufus Taylor, Matt Cameron, Josh Freese and Atom Willard have been thrown into the mix as possible touring musicians.
With lyrics “I’m just waiting to be rescued/ Bring me back to life” on the new track, it is clear that the theme of their impending album will revolve around dealing with their sudden loss, grief, and resuming life and music without the glue that held them together.
Foo Fighters first began teasing snippets of new music in recent weeks, although it was unclear if we would get a full length LP. Highly anticipated by fans who are eager to hear who will replace Hawkins, there is still no news on who is drumming on the record or who will join the band behind the drum kit for their upcoming tour dates. The band will embark on their first live shows since Hawkin’s two Tribute Concerts, with a long run of US headline and festival dates, starting in New Hampshire on May 24.
In a statement posted by the band back in December, they shared “Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward.” They concluded by acknowledging how much Hawkins had meant to Foo Fighters’ fans and promised: “We know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”
But Here We Are is available for Pre-Order.
The album’s track list is as follows:
But Here We Are
Nothing At All
Show Me How