Kickstarting what Dave Grohl called “the musical map of America,” the series premiere of “Sonic Highways” will see the band debut the first song off their forthcoming eighth studio album.
Premiering Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. ET, the HBO docuseries will follow the Foo Fighters as they create their next studio album in eight different cities, collaborating with major musicians along the way.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl shed some light on the creative process behind the series in a recent Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter,
Each city has a theme. As we’re telling the story of not only the music but the history of the city, I had to find the theme first and then match it to the music. The lyrics I don’t write until the night before I sing them or sometimes an hour before. So once the music and the theme of each city was set, we traveled to each place and spent a week there. We’d get there, start recording and I would just run around town filming and interviewing as many people as I can. I did over 100 interviews. At the end of the week, I’d take all of my transcripts, put them on the floor, sit there with a pen and my journal and I reduce all of these stories into a song.”
Spurred on by the success of HBO’s “Sound City,” Grohl wanted to reflect his experience in each of the eight historic cities on the new album. “Sonic Highways” documents that creative journey, with Grohl at the series’ forefront.
Watch the teaser below.