Dave Grohl had a blast directing his documentary Sound City and performing with his Sound City Players ensemble – but in this exclusive video, the rocker gets serious while writing and recording “Mantra” at his Studio 606 space. Grohl takes control on the drums, starting off focused and somber and unleashing his headbanging fury as the track builds steam. Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme provides the driving bassline while Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor creates a swirling vertigo of piano. The trio’s chemistry is impeccable as they journey through the almost eight-minute track without a word.
“Mantra” is on the soundtrack Sound City: Real to Reel, out March 12th. The Sound City film is available now and the Sound City Players are set to play SXSW on March 14th; Grohl will also be the keynote speaker at the festival.