Foo Fighters come roaring back to rock on “Rescued,” the band’s first song since the death of beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins in March 2022.
And you can feel the ghost of Hawkins in the haunting chorus: “We’re all free to some degree/To dance under the lights/I’m just waiting to be rescued/Bring me back to life.”
Back in ferocious form, you can hear the revived Foos emerging from their mourning after Hawkins died at 50 from a suspected overdose while the group was on tour in South America.
“It came in a flash/It came out of nowhere/It happened so fast/And then it was over,” sings frontman Dave Grohl, seemingly referencing Hawkins’ passing at the beginning of the song.
Later, Grohl hints at his deep grief: “I fell in a trap/My heart’s getting colder.” Then the singer repeats a plea to “rescue me tonight,” as if he wishes he could have saved Hawkins.
“Rescued” dropped Wednesday as the Foo Fighters announced “But Here We Are,” their 11th studio album, due June 2.
It’s the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band’s follow-up to 2021’s “Medicine at Midnight,” which arrived just four months before Hawkins’ death.
A press release describes “But Here We Are” as “a brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters endured over the last year” and “a testament to the healing powers of music.”
The release continues, “ ‘But Here We Are’ is the sound of brothers finding refuge in the music that brought them together in the first place 28 years ago, a process that was as therapeutic as it was about a continuation of life.”