FOO FIGHTER Dave Grohl is making his directorial debut, Sound City, about the San Fernando Valley recording studio where such seminal albums as Nirvana's Nevermind, TOM PETTY's Damn The Torpedoes and WEEZER's Pinkerton were made. Check out a new teaser below:
Sound City will debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the esteemed Park City, Utah, film festival which runs from January 17th - 27th. Select artists from the film will also be in attendance.
Said Grohl in an announcement earlier this week: "As a first-time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity and passion for art. I am over the moon!"
The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as NEIL YOUNG, FLEETWOOD MAC, CHEAP TRICK, GUNS AND ROSES, FEAR, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SLIPKNOT, NINE INCH NAILS, METALLICA and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.
Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film will showcase the amazing history of the studio, focus on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology, and feature performances from many of the artists that called it "home".
An official trailer can be seen below:
Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's breakthrough album, Nevermind. Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl's life.
Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Key personnel involved with the film include Producer/Director Dave Grohl; Editor Paul Crowder (Dogtown & Z Boys, Once In a Lifetime, Riding Giants); and Writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Once In a Lifetime, The Tillman Story). The film is also being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay, and Therapy studios.
Speaking to both the art of music and the art of filmmaking, Grohl crafted the letter below to share his vision for the film. Information and future announcements related to the film can be found at Soundcitymovie.com.