Grohl replaced the band’s original drummer, Kent Stacks, for Scream’s “No More Censorship” and “Fumble” albums, in the early 1990s.
Now, Scream is back in Inner Ear Studio, recording its first full-length album in 30 years — with Grohl performing alongside his former bandmates.
On its Kickstarter fundraising page, the band says the album will be titled “DC Special.”
“We have a lot of friends and family that are involved with this project with us,” Stahl said. “We wanted to make a record that kind of tells our story through D.C. music history.”
That includes Grohl — one of music’s most sought-after entertainers, who has jammed with Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, and performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.
MacKaye is in the studio, helping produce the new Scream project: “I loved and still love all of their records. The relationship between the four (or five, counting Grohl) Scream members is really deep and they’re still making great original music.”
Franz Stahl played guitar in Foo Fighters from 1997 through 1999. In addition to the Stahl brothers, Scream includes Skeeter Thompson on bass, and Stacks has returned on drums.
After drumming in Scream and Nirvana, and now fronting Foo Fighters on guitar, Stahl was cagey in describing Grohl’s participation.
“I’d like to kind of just keep that under wraps right now, about what he played, but we have a lot people that are coming in and laying stuff down, and he’s one of them,” Stahl said.
The Kickstarter effort will pay for most of the studio time and the production of the record, said Stahl. He says the band is relishing the chance to be one of the final acts to record in Zientara’s studio, which is set to close in October.
“The fact that Inner Ear was closing really put in some urgency, and kicked us in the butt,” said Stahl. “We put the date on hold, threw everything together, and we’re here and we’re doing it.”
“This will probably be the last album I’ll be recording at Inner Ear after working with Don for 41 years. My first session was the Teen Idles recording, which would be Dischord No. 1, in August of 1980. Forty-one years before that would have found World War 2 just starting to kick off.”
“Time flies,” MacKaye said.
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