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Foo Fighters release surprise new EP, Saint Cecilia, for free download

For the last month, Foo Fighters’ website has been counting down to Midnight on Monday, November 23rd. The clock has now struck 00:00:00:00, revealing news of a surprise new EP called Saint Cecilia that’s available to download right this very second.

Update: Foo Fighters are offering free downloads via their website. Pre-orders are also ongoing for a vinyl edition.

In an open letter, Dave Grohl said the EP has “taken on an entirely different tone” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month, which forced Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their European tour. Grohl says the EP is dedicated to victims of the attacks.

“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.”

According to iTunes, “this five-song EP captures nearly forgotten moments from the band’s 20-year odyssey—a brilliant patchwork of pieced-together riffs and song fragments that were tracked in an impromptu studio at Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia. The road-tested band blasts through the set of scrappy guitar-driven rockers with high-volume fury. Polished? No way. But the rowdy performances and rough edges make Saint Cecilia pack a visceral punch.”

Saint Cecilia Tracklist:
01. Saint Cecilia
02. Sean
03. Savior Breath
04. Iron Rooster
05. The Neverending Sigh