Out Now: Dream Widow EP by Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters’ “Studio 666” heavy metal band (ft. Grohl on Vox/Guitar/Bass/Drums & Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry)
Dream Widow was a band with big aspirations and an unseemly demise. As depicted in Workshop 666the horror/comedy movie Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters which hit theaters in late February, the fictional band ended at a haunted mansion in Encino, Calif., where Grohl and his band reunited to try and record a new record (in the film, at least).
Workshop 666 featured several dark, aggressive tracks from that fake band, Dream Widow, and today, March 25th, the dream widow EP has officially surfaced.
As Grohl told Rock Cellar in our video interview linked to the Workshop 666 theatrical release: “I’ll just say we found the lost Dream Widow record they were making before the singer killed the band.”
Anyone familiar with Grohl’s career beyond the Foo Fighters knows of his keen interest in heavy music. His 2004 solo project Probot embraced heavy, hard-rock/metal exercise with a host of special stage guests, and he still professed a love for some really heavy acts (it may come as a surprise to people who only know him for Foo Fighters’ arena rock and as a former drummer for Nirvana).
Dream Widow’s self-titled debut album is out now!!! 🤘
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 25, 2022
As a result, the music on the Dream Widow EP is utterly overwhelming, wildly adventurous and as far from the Foo Fighters “safe” boundaries as you would hope. For this project, Grohl worked with Fireball Ministry guitarist Jim Rota — giving these songs even more credence — with Grohl’s Foo Fighters pal Rami Jaffee and recording engineer Oliver Roman lending some services on keyboards.
But beyond those guests, it’s all Grohl, all the time, similar to how the first Foo Fighters record in 1995 was conceived.
Listen to “Encino”, the thrash opening track with Grohl snorting, for example:
“Cold”, with its adherence to real hook and bluesy metal swagger, could honestly stand out as a proper single. On this one, Grohl even sounds a bit like the late Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, which is truly a crazy experience:
“The Sweet Abyss” also throws in a bit of Alice in Chains-style harmony amid the chaotic metal madness:
The Dream Widow EP track list:
March of the Fools
The Sweet Abyss
Angel with clipped wings
Come all infidels
Lacrimus dei Ebrius
While this project definitely works as an experimental version of Dave Grohl to add to his incredibly versatile career, it packs a little more punch in the context of Workshop 666which is available for streaming/digital rental now.
Killer sounds! 🎸 🤘 #Studio666Film is NOW IN THEATERS AND AT HOME ON DEMAND! WATCH NOW: https://t.co/1ND0GGTqKa
— Studio666 (@Studio666Movie) March 24, 2022
There’s a sinister story attached to the music on this EP, especially the sprawling close-up, 11-minute “Lacrimus dei Ebrius” (which, mild spoiler alert, Grohl and the Foo Fighters work tirelessly on in the film until ‘until… well, things get messy):
Listen to the entire EP – which, fun fact, is about six minutes longer than Foo Fighters’ 2021 album medicine at midnight – below.
And if you haven’t already, enjoy our video chat with Grohl below.
With the Dream Widow dream unleashed for the masses, Grohl can return to activity with the Foo Fighters on their remaining tour dates for the rest of 2022 – catch a show:
04/29/22 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
5/01/22 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
05/14/22 – Burgettstown, PA – The Star Lake Pavilion
05/16/22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
05/18/22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
05/20/22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park (SOLD OUT)
05/22/22 – Daytona Beach, Florida – Welcome to Rockville
05/24/22 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
5/27/22 – Boston, MA – Boston Call
07/17/22 – New York, NY – Citi Field
07/19/22 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts
07/22/22 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Center
7/24/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
07/27/22 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
07/29/22 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
8/01/22 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center (SOLD OUT)
8/03/22 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
06/8/22 – Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High
08/08/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
8/10/22 – Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Events Arena (SOLD OUT)
8/13/22 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
08/18/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
8/20/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (SOLD OUT)
9/18/22 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
09/21/22 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/23/22 — Saskatoon, Sask. — SaskTel Center
09/25/22 – Regina, SK – Brandt Center (SOLD OUT)
9/27/22 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
9/29/22 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
10/1/22 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Center (SOLD OUT)
10/03/22 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Center (SOLD OUT)
10/5/22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
10/07/22 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
10/09/22 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival