Ever since the news broke that Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters died I’ve gone back through their catalog and marveled at some of the songs that Taylor played on. He was an absolute beast on the drums. There are certain songs I heard during this delve that hit me in different ways. One song that really got me (and is actually a top 5 favorite Foo’s song) is “Come Back” the last song on their great album, One By One. This track is epic, heavy, melodic, dynamic in all the right places and the one thing that really sells it is the drum performance by Taylor. He really nailed this one. If I had to pick a Foo’s song that shows off his dynamic range as a player and power I’d go for this one instantly. It’s so damn good I can’t get enough of listening to it. Interestingly this song was only ever played live once in 2002. Taylor Hawkins you will be missed greatly. The couple times I met him he was a super nice guy and took time to chat for a few minutes.
Ever since I heard the band VOWWS, I’ve been smitten by them. The way they’ve mixed and blended post-punk, new wave, goth, industrial and electronic music is absolutely superb. As a two piece the amount of volume they emit is astounding. And their live show is one that you won’t want to miss. Now, VOWWS has released a new single and I couldn’t be more stoked. “One By One” is trippy song that creates this rich tension in the way the guitar and electronic elements come together, mix that with the rich vocals and when those melodic parts kick in, it all comes together to create a delightful sound. The accompanying video is a bit psychedelic too. Directed by longtime collaborator Jordan Hemingway and edited by the bands own Rizz with Ella Turner-Bridger, they’ve created something that is artsy and intriguing while captivating you to listen!
Over the course of the Foo Fighters career and nine albums, they have accumulated quite a few B-sides. Some of these songs are quite awesome and others you can hear why they were left off the records. None the less, you should check out these tracks. You might find some that you really dig.