Medicine At Midnight: An Experiment Into Pop and Groove for Foo Fighters

By Chloe Colmenares

Social Media Editor 

The iconic rock band Foo Fighters is back at it again with funky pop-inspired sounds on their newest record, “Medicine at Midnight.” Although the overall cohesion of the album is a little muddled by the constantly changing influences and sound throughout each song, it is still a strong addition to the band’s discography.

Released on Feb. 5, 2021, “Medicine At Midnight” includes nine new songs showing how the band has grown from their formation.

The band wears their inspirations on their sleeves on this album, channeling the likes of David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles throughout the tracks.

Frontman Dave Grohl started Foo Fighters on his own after the death of Kurt Cobain, the singer and guitarist for Nirvana, according to Grohl was Nirvana’s drummer. After Cobain’s suicide, the band dissolved, leaving Grohl to his own devices.

A timeline provided by Diffuser tells the story of how the current Foo Fighters lineup came to be. The other members, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shifflet, and drummer Taylor Hawkins joined between 1995-1999. Their newest member, keyboard player Rami Jaffee, joined in 2017.

“Medicine At Midnight” begins the album with the powerful opener “Making A Fire.” This song sets the tone for the rest of the record, a bright and fun song full of exciting guitar riffs and a new pop element. Grohl’s vocals on the chorus are catchy and strong.

The second track “Shame Shame” was released as a single back in November 2020, and features the most Bowie-inspired tunes. Grohl compared the album to “Let’s Dance,” Bowie’s 15th album, released in 1983.

“To me, it’s like our David Bowie’s Let’s Dance record. That’s what we wanted to make, because we were, like, ‘Let’s make this really up, fun record,” Grohl said in an interview with Louder.

Another standout song is the third track “Cloudspotter.” The song has some of the best production on the album and opens with an earworm-y guitar melody that is sure to get you dancing along.

The album slows down on the track “Chasing Birds,” a psychedelic slow jam that becomes more personal and emotional. 

“The road to hell is paved with broken parts / Bleeding hearts like mine,” Grohl sings.

The rest of the album brings that new and fresh pop element to the table while also delivering on the classic Foo’s sound. The band’s ability to experiment while still maintaining the core elements of their sound is a main reason they have maintained relevance and popularity throughout time.

“Medicine at Midnight” is a grand experiment for the band at a time when we need new music the most. Luckily, this experiment paid off in full with an album that is full of passion and energy.

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