Thursday, 7 September 2017

Single Review | Foo Fighters | 'The Line' (2017)

image source: brantley gutierrez

Foo Fighters dropped the third single off their upcoming album Concrete and Gold this afternoon, a blistering anthem and probably one of the bands most overtly political compositions.

‘The Line’ establishes Grohl’s search for hope in a world where ‘everything’s on the line’. Criss-crossing from minor-key verses to major-key choruses with an off-beat keyboard/guitar lick reminiscent of sirens, the song produces an air of tension that isn’t too unfamiliar with the American population. 

Grohl has already cited that the recent election and presidency of Donald Trump as a major influence on the new record. Speaking to NME, Grohl addressed his concerns with Trump, especially as a father to three young girls: 
“I look at all of the different periods of time where I’ve written lyrics, and they all have their own references and different phases. This one came out pretty clear: I’m a father now, I have to consider a lot more than I used to, and I think I’ve realized we’re not all as free as we were before. In every way.  
I mean, as the political arena started heating up in America before the elections, it became clear that there was much more threatening our lives than I’d considered before. I’m looking at a candidate that has blatant disregard for the future environmentally, when it comes to women’s rights, diplomatically … I have three daughters that are going to survive me for decades – how are they going to get on unless there’s some positive and progressive change?” 
With a tempo slower than ‘Run’ and less grandiose than ‘Sky is a Neighborhood’, ‘The Line’ is layered with a classic Foo Fighters structure. The track is their call-to-action; reminiscent of the powerful and influential work they produced in the Bush-era with In Your Honor.


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