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Foo Fighters announce new album, HBO series

From left, Foo Fighters members Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear arrive at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in February.Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording A From left, Foo Fighters members Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear arrive at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in February.

The Foo Fighters have taken a new musical journey and are inviting fans along for the ride.

The Grammy-winning rock band has two major projects in the works: a new album and a new documentary series for HBO. The show, titled “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” chronicles the making of the band’s eighth studio album, which is set to be released this fall.

Those who want a hint of what the Foos’ upcoming album will sound like can get a hint from the documentary’s trailer, which premiered on HBO during the TV broadcast of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“It all started with the idea of recording in different studios all over the country,” said frontman Dave Grohl, who directed the eight-part series. “Doing something to make it new. You can tie all of these people and places together with these sonic highways.”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, center, directed the band’s upcoming HBO documentary series, ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.’Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, center, directed the band’s upcoming HBO documentary series, ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.’

“This is a musical map of the area,” Grohl adds.

Grohl shed further light on the project in a press release issued Monday.

“I’ve pulled up the family tree of American music and exposed its roots to find inspiration for the next Foo Fighters album,” the former Nirvana drummer said in the statement.

According to the series’ website, the band visited studios in eight cities, including Chicago, Austin, Nashville and New York City, and one song was recorded in each city. Another notable aspect of the project is that “every track features local legends.”

The Foo Fighters’ latest album will be released in November, and “Sonic Highways” is also set to debut on HBO this fall.

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