Dave Grohl has opened up about how the current political climate has influenced his lyrics on FOO FIGHTERS‘ new album, “Concrete And Gold”.
Speaking to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine, the former NIRVANA drummer said that he is deeply concerned about the future of his country now that Donald Trump is president, particularly as it relates to the dismantling of environmental protections, hostility to women’s rights and a lack of an effective and sound international diplomacy.
“I look at all of the different periods of time where I’ve written lyrics, and they all have their own references and different phases,” Grohl said. “This one came out pretty clear: I’m a father now, I have to consider a lot more than I used to, and I think I’ve realized we’re not all as free as we were before.
“In every way. I mean, as the political arena started heating up in America before the elections, it became clear that there was so much more threatening all of our lives than I’d considered before.”
Grohl continued: “I’m looking at a candidate that has blatant disregard for the future environmentally, when it comes to women’s rights, diplomatically… I have three daughters that are going to survive me for decades — how are they going to get on unless there’s some positive and progressive change?”
Grohl added that being in the U.S. during the “conservative wave” that came with the rise of Trump reminded him of the isolation he felt while growing up on the East Coast in the early 1980s.
“It’s weird,” Grohl said. “It really sparked a lot of my early, alienated, freakish punk rock feelings from when I was a teenager. I was one of those little freaks in his blue bedroom in the middle of a really conservative part of Virginia feeling like I was just an alien. I started feeling that way again.”
FOO FIGHTERS‘ ninth album, “Concrete And Gold”, will be released September 15 worldwide on Roswell/RCA.