At this point it’s quite commonplace for the Foo Fighters, especially outspoken frontman Dave Grohl, to surprise fans with wonderfully outrageous incidents. From Grohl performing with a broken leg whilst sat atop a mighty throne, to the band rickrolling contest protesters, to the unannounced issue of the free five track EP Saint Cecilia as a mysterious countdown clock struck zero.
Released in the weeks following the November attacks in Paris, Grohl and co. have dedicated the extended play to the victims and families affected by the terrorist activities. Personally connected to the Eagles of Death Metal, the band has set out to raise support. Using the media that is surrounding their recent project in order to benefit a good cause, the group is encouraging all to donate to aid the recovery of the affected parties.
Comprised of a collection of previously unreleased album cuts, Saint Cecilia shows that the Foo Fighters have been true to themselves and their musical style over the past twenty years. Songs from past and present share the same high energy rhythmic riffs characteristic of the ageless classics presented by the American rock band. “Sean” itself feels like a step back in time to the days of Foo Fighter’s youth, with a sound similar to the likewise up-beat and choppy tune “Monkey Wrench.”
The first break off from the chorus on the EP’s titular track to the showcases the track’s mesmerizing instrumental hook; many of the band’s pieces are based around relatively uncomplicated licks considering three guitarists all tackle the duty, but this approach is yet again successful. The group’s ability to enthrall listeners so easily will always persist it seems.
The quick punching “Savior Breath” unleashes an unrelenting torrent of hardcore punk influence with its rapid beat and barked vocals, reminiscent of 80’s aggressors Minor Threat. The next track, “Iron Rooster,” feels almost as if the ensemble had to take a break in between all of the other hard-hitting sensations to cool off. The unhurried melodic chords partnered with the swaying croon of Grohl provide for a lackluster southern rock sleeping aid.
Luckily the two decade old “The Neverending Sigh” comes in to save Saint Cecilia from closing on a low note. The rock and roll foundations of the Foo Fighters shine through in this glorious conclusion with layers of ascending chord progressions.