The always prolific Foo Fighters have released a free, surprise EP titled Saint Cecilia. Featuring five new songs, the album was recorded at Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin, Texas in October, presumably while the band performed as headliners at Austin City Limits.
The songs all feature the classic Foo Fighters sound, with a guitar-heavy focus and infectious vocal melodies throughout. In October it was reported that Ben Kweller recorded material with the band in Austin, though it is uncertain whether any guests are featured on the EP.
In releasing the EP, Grohl also gave a statement regarding the Paris terrorist attacks. Read his message below and download or stream the EP here.
"19 November 2015
Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems...
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.