Foo Fighters give away master tapes

Fans get a surprise in some copies of new album 'Wasting Lights'

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed the band have inserted the master tapes from their new album ‘Wasting Light’ into copies of the album.

The band recorded the album on analogue tape and according to Grohl, decided to destroy it once they’d finished making the LP.

In an interview with LA Weekly, Grohl said: “We recorded the record in my garage to analogue tape, and probably wound up with 20-30 reels of tapes.”

“At the end of the session I thought it would be an extraordinary move to destroy all the masters and give the pieces of the tapes to the fans.”

He added that the band decided to do it to “prove a point to everybody to show how intangible a real tape can be”.

“I thought, let’s chop it up into a million pieces, and give it to the people who buy the album so they can hold it in their hands and see it.”

Grohl also said that the band wanted “to go fully analogue. For sonic reasons, and also because I feel like digital recording has gotten out of control. It’s too easy to control”.

“When I listen to music these days, and I hear Pro Tools and drums that sound like a machine. It sucks the life out of the music.”

Fans will be able to tell if they’ve got an album with a piece of tape inside it as each one has a sticker on the front which says: “Recorded entirely on analogue tape in Dave‘s garage. A piece of the original master tape included in this package.”

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