Episode one of the eight-part HBO docu-series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, directed by front man Dave Grohl, premiered on Friday, October 17 to rave reviews. The new series, which is produced by Roswell Films and Therapy Content in association with Worldwide Pants, chronicles the making of the Foos’ forthcoming eighth album recorded in legendary studios across Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.
The talented team at Therapy Studios took on the full spectrum of editorial and finishing work for the series, with different Therapy editors each handling their own episode. The installments set to air over the next 7 Fridays will showcase the editing talents of Meg Ramsay, Grant MacDowell, Kristin McCasey, Scott Hanson, and Lenny Mesina.
The series kicked off in Chicago with the premiere episode cut by Meg Ramsay, and featured finishing work by Omar Inguanzo, color correction by Robert Curreri, and sound design and mixing by Eddie Kim and Jeff Fuller. The opening title sequences for show were designed by the team at Therapy’s sister company, Visual Creatures.
Sonic Highways follows the Foo Fighters’ epic recording odyssey through eight historically significant studios to write and record one song at each stop, with Grohl waiting until the last day of each session to put down words so as to be inspired by his surroundings.
Episode one followed Grohl and co. to Chicago, where the band tapped into the unique musical spirit of the Windy City to emerge with their first track “Something From Nothing.” The premiere featured cameos and songwriting contributions from local legends including Buddy Guy, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, producer Steve Albini and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is directed by Dave Grohl for Roswell Films, a division of Roswell Records, the label that releases Foo Fighters’ music; and is written by Mark Monroe and Dave Grohl. The series is executive produced by Dave Grohl, James A. Rota and John Ramsay and produced for HBO by Roswell Films and Therapy Content, in association with Worldwide Pants.
The project continues Therapy Content’s longstanding relationship with Grohl since producing his directing debut, the 2013 Grammy-winning documentary Sound City. Therapy Content is the entertainment development and production division of Therapy Studios, which develops and produces original material across all formats and genres in the pursuit of telling meaningful and entertaining stories.
Watch Episode One on HBO Go: http://www.hbo.com/foo-fighters-sonic-highways#/
Pat Smear, Steve Albini and Dave Grohl. Photo c/o Roswell Films