Dave Grohl records with Scream, ahead of Foo Fighters show at 9:30 Club

Scream singer Pete Stahl said former drummer Dave Grohl took part in a recording session for their new album.

Dave Grohl doesn’t seem terribly interested in taking a day off.

Shortly after the 9:30 Club announced the Grohl-led Foo Fighters would play a surprise show Thursday, the former Nirvana drummer reunited with D.C.-based punk rockers, at Inner Ear Studio — the legendary and soon-to-close Arlington, Virginia, recording studio owned by Don Zientara.

“Yeah, that was cool,” said Pete Stahl, singer of Scream. “I was surprised — I didn’t know he was going to be here,” Stahl told WTOP from Inner Ear on Wednesday night. “We invited a lot of people that have been part of Scream history, even when we were kids.”

Stahl started the band in 1979 with his brother, Franz, after attending high school in Bailey’s Crossroads. Their 1982 album, “Still Screaming,” was the first full-length album released on Dischord Records, the label co-owned by Ian MacKaye, a founding member of D.C.’s hard-core punk scene.

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.”

MacKaye agreed.

“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.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a general assignment reporter with WTOP since 1997. He says he looks forward to coming to work every day, even though that means waking up at 3:30 a.m.

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