Foo Fighters record five new songs in Austin

Ben Kweller joins the band on stage for "Big Me"

It hasn’t even been a year since Sonic Highways was released, and Foo Fighters are already back in the studio. During their Austin City Limits performance, the band revealed that they recorded five new songs in Austin.

“You know what I did last night? We recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city,” said Grohl. The frontman also announced that one of the songs feature American singer/songwriter Ben Kweller due to an unexpected encounter.

“Just by chance, I bumped into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in about 16 years, right as I was recording a vocal,” Grohl said referring to Kweller. (NME)

“This motherfucker walks in and I’m like, ‘Hey, man!’ and he starts fucking singing the most beautiful harmony to the thing I was singing. I was like, ‘Get your ass in the vocal booth right now.’ And then he said, ‘Hey, if you want, I’ll come up and sing a song with you tonight.'”

Kweller ended up joining Foo Fighters at ACL Fest during their performance of “Big Me”, which you can watch above.

Dave Grohl revealed to Rolling Stone that his inspiration for music was influenced by the Austin City Limits television show as a kid.

“I was 7 or 8 the first time I saw it. I was just learning how to play guitar and there weren’t too many shows like Austin City Limits back in the day.”

“Here was a show that you could watch an entire live performance of a band, not just one song after Johnny Carson walks off the couch in front of an intimate audience. Those experiences translate,” said the frontman. “When I was young, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s music! That’s how it’s done! Now it’s in my living room and it makes me want to do that too.’ You watch these brilliant musicians ripping on that stage week after week and it could only inspire young musicians.”

Foo Fighters are touring Europe next month, but we’re hopeful that they’ll return to Toronto in the new year.