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The Austin-inspired “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness” and L.A.-influenced “Outside,” which the group recently recorded during a BBC session, will appear on ‘Sonic Highways’ LP

Update: The video containing “Outside” is no longer available.

Foo Fighters have shared two new songs from their upcoming album Sonic Highways, which will come out next week. The first is the group’s catchy, euphoric, Austin-inspired double-song combo “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness,” which features singer-songwriter and guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., and the second is “Outside,” the group’s searing L.A.-flavored rocker. That tune will sound slightly different on Sonic Highways since the version streaming online is from the band’s recent performance for a “Maida Vale Session” on BBC Radio 1. The album version, recorded in Joshua Tree, California, will feature a sustained, feedbacky solo by Joe Walsh.

The group’s whole Maida Vale Session is streaming online, about an hour into the broadcast. The sessions, as well as highlights of their interview with DJ Zane Lowe, are also streaming in a half-hour program. The broadcast got the BBC in trouble with censors in the U.K. due to Dave Grohl singing the word “fuck” in one of the new songs, “Something From Nothing.” Lowe later apologized for the profanity.

The group recorded the album Sonic Highways as it filmed episodes for its HBO docuseries, also titled Sonic Highways, about regional music scenes in the U.S. For the show, Grohl interviewed famous musicians who broke out of each specific town, explored the musical landmarks of that locale and then funneled the inspirations into a song, which the band recorded there. So far, the group has shared three other tracks from the eight-song album: “The Feast and the Famine” (inspired by Washington, D.C.), “Something From Nothing” (recorded in Chicago) and “Congregation” (the group’s Nashville tune).

Beyond both the Sonic Highways album and TV show, the group’s multi-city theme will reach its critical mass next summer when the band holds a 20th anniversary mega-concert in Washington, D.C. The event will take place on July 4th – the same day the group’s debut, Foo Fighters, came out in 1995 – and will feature performers from each of the cities the band visited while making Sonic Highways. Among them are Clark, Seattle’s Heart, Chicago’s Buddy Guy, Los Angeles’ Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, New York City’s LL Cool J, D.C.’s Trouble Funk and New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty.

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