Published Aug 01, 2018Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl has announced a new film project called PLAY.
The film is a two-part mini-documentary, directed by Grohl himself with help from his Sound City/Sonic Highways collaborator Mark Monroe.
As a press release explains, the first part features a narrated behind-the-scenes discussion of "the love of playing music and the lifelong relationship with an instrument, and detailing the process and challenges of recording and filming this unique performance."
Part two then features Grohl performing a new 23-minute instrumental recording he played live on seven different instruments.
"The entire song was played by Grohl, each time on a different instrument, live for 23 minutes," the press release explains. "Beginning with the recording of the entire drum track purely from memory, with no sheet music or guide tracks, followed by guitar, then bass, then keyboards, and so on… Grohl tasked himself with a one-man-band recording session that was forced to start from the very beginning of the 23-minute song any time the slightest mistake was made or if Grohl felt he could do a better take."
Adding to all this, PLAY comes with an online interactive experience that will let you zero in on a specific instrumental Grohl is playing.
In a statement, Grohl said the following of the project:
Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out. And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I'm still trying to figure it out… it's not something that you ever truly master. You're always chasing the next challenge, and you're always trying to find a way to improve on what you've learned.
You can watch a teaser for PLAY below.
PLAY will be released on August 10 as a digital download and on streaming platforms, while the instrumental track will be available on a limited-edition vinyl on September 28.