While Dave Grohl tours the world and Nate Mendel gets all nostalgic with his old pals, it only seems natural that drummer Taylor Hawkins would return to his solo work. Picking up where their 2006 debut left off, Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders return with their next, and we quote, “labor of love.”
Titled Red Light Fever, the sophomore effort is Hawkins’ latest undertaking — a year of work, actually — that he describes as a record “sounding like me having sex with my record collection.” We won’t argue with him. Recorded at the Foo Fighters’ 606 studio complex, …Fever showcases Hawkins’ multi-instrumental talents, though he’s hardly doing all the work himself. Bassist Chris Chaney and guitarist Gannin Arnold return, in addition to touring Coattails guitarist Nate Wood. But that’s not all. Somewhere in the 12 songs, fans will be surprised to hear special guests like Elliot Easton of the Cars, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and the always lovable, Dave Grohl. What? No Stewart Copeland, Taylor?
As for what to expect, the press release states, “Virtually every track evokes memories of the respective heydays of the Chinn-Chapman hit factory, The Move, Sweet, and even a little 10cc for good measure – all imbued with Hawkins’ unmistakable musical personality.”
If you tuned in to the last release, you’ll remember it was filled with sunny melodies, campfire acoustics, and snappy drum work that solidified Hawkins as a perfect protege of the aforementioned Mr. Copeland. So, we’re psyched to see where he’s evolved after four years.
And we will, come April 20th, when Red Light Fever surfaces via Shanabelle/RCA Records.