About a month ago, the Foo Fighters website began counting down to...something. And on Monday (Nov. 22), the band revealed what lies at the end of the countdown tunnel -- a new five-song EP titled Saint Cecilia that singer Dave Grohl hopes can "bring a little light into this sometimes dark world."
Foo Fighters canceled their European tour dates after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris (which partially occurred at a rock concert). This new EP was conceived before the attacks "as a celebration of life and music," but because of the tragedy, it's taken on new resonance, Grohl wrote in a statement posted on the EP's website.
"To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families," Grohl wrote. "We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."
Grohl's 2,500-word letter also hints that the band may take a brief hiatus which, given the extensive craziness of its 2015, would be extremely well-deserved. "That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes," he wrote. "Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that we’re giving to you today."
The band recorded Saint Cecilia at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas while in town to record an appearance on "Austin City Limits" with musicians Gary Clark Jr., Ben Kweller and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
You can download the entire EP for free on its website, pre-order the vinyl or stream it online.