How Creative Discomfort Fueled the Foo Fighters' Latest Project: "Sonic Highways"

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl on how Sonic Highways--part album, part HBO series--is an exercise in breaking from familiarity.

For a band like Foo Fighters, which during its 20-year career has recorded eight studio albums, the process of stepping into the studio to create a new record is a familiar experience. But for creative endeavors, familiarity can be a serious drawback. If there's one thing that should never be done by rote, it's writing music. So in contemplating a creative approach for the band's new album, front man Dave Grohl opted to make the experience as challenging and as uncomfortable, yet creatively stimulating, as possible.

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