Video Preview: Foo Fighters, 'Rope'

(Credit: Steve Gullick)

If we were trapped in a giant cube with no discernible means of escape, we'd probably panic, scrape the walls and scream like little babies. But that's why we're not famous musicians like Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in "Rope," the first single off Wasting Light, the group's seventh album and their first since 2007's Echoes, Silence Patience & Grace.

Foo Fighters don black in the all-white cube while a bunch of handheld cameras helpfully cause that migraine you've been hoping not to get. The minimalist video reminds us of Nine Inch Nails' "March of the Pigs," only with less mic dropping and video assistants having to enter the frame unexpectedly to help the lead singer.

You can't say the band isn't trying to switch it up, as the mid-tempo rhythms and melodic vocals of "Rope" -- which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart, becoming the first No. 1 debut since Linkin Park's "The Catalyst" -- are a world away from Grohl's metal-loving, screeching side heard on "White Limo."

Oh wait. Trapped in a giant cube. "Rope." We just figured that out now.

Watch a sneak peek of Foo Fighters' "Rope" video, don't miss the video premiere on MTV and this Thursday, March 10, at 7:54 p.m. ET, and don't miss the Foo Fighters' live performance at the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards on Wednesday, March at midnight ET on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU.