Foo Fighters lead guitarist, Chris Shiflett, shifted gears after Dave Grohl announced the band's hiatus last October. He took to playing with his side band he formed in 2010 called Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants. Described as a "honky-tonk country" band, they play small shows at local bars and venues. It's nothing like Madison Square Garden or the Staples Center that the Foo Fighters are used to.
Rolling Stone had a chance to see Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants show at the SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, CA. Before playing, Shiflett revealed to Rolling Stone, "We actually just started making a new Foo Fighters record within the last few weeks. We've started rehearsing." Referring back to last October when Grohl posted about the band's hiatus via Facebook, Shiflett said, "I knew we weren't done, but I just thought it'd be a little longer. But whatever – it's good. It's good getting back to work."
Back to Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, Shiflett says that while out on the road touring, he would listen to a lot of honky-tonk and traditional country. It inspired him to form the band in 2010. This isn't his first side project rodeo though. Shiflett has had several punk bands in the past - Me First, Jackson United, and the Gimme Gimmes. He describes to Rolling Stone that punk rock and honky-tonk are "kindred spirits" that you just can't pinpoint how they work together.
Imagine a honky-tonk / punk Foo Fighters record? It might work...
Towards the end of the interview, Shiflett said that the Foo Fighters are going to start recording their new album early next year. He also joked that he would try and play banjo on the new record, "I'll see if I can slip one in on the next album when no one's looking."
via Rolling Stone