Over the years, Dave Grohl has directed a handful of Foo Fighters videos — “My Hero,” “Monkey Wrench,” “All My Life” — and these generally fall under the category of “the ones where the bandmembers don’t wear funny disguises.” In fact, if there’s a unifying theme to his work, it’s probably that.
But if you dig a bit deeper, you start to notice another similarity between Grohl’s videos: They’re all, on some level at least, performance clips. They’re artfully done, of course, but still feature the band doing what they do best: rocking hard.
So, when it came time to direct the Foo Fighters’ brand-new video for “Rope” — which makes its world premiere Thursday at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT on MTV — Grohl didn’t stray far from his tried-and-true formula.
“I’ve made a couple Foo Fighters videos, and it’s easy for me to come up with a treatment or direct the band because I know what we’re like, and I know what we look like when we play. So most of the Foo Fighters videos that I’ve done have at least a little bit of performance in them,” he told MTV News. “Some of them are entirely performance-based, like the new one. The video for ’Rope’ was meant to really just look like the band performing the song in a really tight, claustrophobic space, not unlike our rehearsal space. I think practicing in this little rehearsal space that we have really influenced that idea, and we actually set up just as we do in rehearsal for the video.”
Of course, as “Rope” proves, even the simplest of concepts can pack a wallop. As Grohl said, there’s a creeping claustrophobia to the new video, a rapidly ratcheting sense that the walls are closing in … a feeling that’s echoed on the band’s upcoming Wasting Light album . This not only adds another level to the clip, but makes it a worthy addition to Grohl’s ever-growing, exceedingly hairy body of work, too.
“I’d say my body of work is thin in places, and some places don’t have hair where there should be, and other places there’s, like, lots of hair. But it’s pretty nice,” he laughed. “It’ll get big, it’ll get smaller, it just depends. But I’m very proud of my body of work. Let’s just say it’s waxed.”
The Foo Fighters’ ’Rope’ video premieres live at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday on MTV and MTV.com, followed by an exclusive Q&A session from one lucky Foo fan’s house to be live-streamed on MTV.com. Fans can submit questions via Twitter (@MTVNews using hashtag #askfoos).