Single Review: Foo Fighters – Run

By on Thursday, 8th June 2017 at 12:00 pm

2017 marks 20 years since Foo Fighters released ‘The Colour and The Shape’, quite easily the strongest Foo Fighters albums to date. Couple that with Dave Grohl and co. finally getting to headline Glastonbury, and there was always a severe inevitability of new material coming out. With a surprise release of new single ‘Run’ last week, along with a typically hilarious video, it would appear as if that time has finally come.

With their career spanning over 2 decades, it’s natural that not everything will be a hit. Some things take a little longer than others to sink in, and that’s the situation ‘Run’ finds itself in. The initial reaction to finding a new Foo Fighters track is the same as finding a restaurant when you’re hungry. You’re ravenous for it, but you consume your food so quick that nothing really digests properly. Which is why it’s taken between six to seven listens for ‘Run’ to fully hit home for me, and it’s a bona fide monster of a track.

In all of its shimmering glory, the guitar pattern that opens up the song leads you down a familiar path. You think that the Foos are back to please the masses with a song that will flutter, but out of nowhere, it turns into a carnivorous beast with some trademark Grohl howling. The guitars transform themselves from the light to the dark with a thunderous drum build. Out of this building chaos comes a lone guitar riff that sparks a vibe of attitude and lightens the load before everything comes chugging back in.

It feels like Foo Fighters have crept back to the same modus operandi that birthed ‘Wasting Light’ (the last good Foo Fighters album, and just as good). The distorted Grohl screaming mirrors that of ‘White Limo’ from the aforementioned album, while the intensity also comes from, assumedly, a similar place. This could be due to the fact the last Foos’ album ‘Sonic Highways’ came with its own documentary-style TV show, itself a great watch and novelty, but it probably influenced the album more than it should have. (Can we please focus on how good ‘Colour & The Shape Is’?).

It’s not been mentioned if this is part of an album or just a stray single. Either way, they’re heading down the right path once more. Moving away from the subdued rock that came previously, there’s more derangement to the heavier moments, and the melodies carry themselves with such ease, you feel yourself floating above them. There’s a reason the Foo Fighters are one of the world’s premiere rock bands. They do what they do, and they do it well.


‘Run’ is out now on RCA Records. You can watch the music video below, but note that it’s NSFW, unless you’re into synthetic old lady bits. You can read more coverage of Foo Fighters on TGTF by following this link


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11:06 am
10th June 2017

Foo fighters are amazing as usual .. !!

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