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The New Free Foo Fighters Download Isn’t Free For The Foo Fighters

The New Free Foo Fighters Download Isn’t Free For The Foo Fighters

by Justin OConnellNovember 23, 2015

The Foo Fighter’s website counted down for an entire month to Midnight on Monday, November 23, when the Foo Fighters released a surprise new EP called Saint Cecilia. You can download it here as a free digital download

There’s just one thing to note: server space costs money, so this new EP ain’t free for The Foos! (But, it is free for you, unless you want to buy the vinyl)

The EP, recorded in an impromptu session last month in Austin, was meant “to give to the world as a ‘thank you’ for the last 2 years,” Dave Grohl wrote.

Read a letter from Dave and download #saintcecilia ep for free. Now available at

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The band created a makeshift studio at the iconic Hotel Saint Cecilia, where the band proceeded to record five songs, some of which are new and some are old (“The Neverending Sight” dates back 20 years).

Gary Clark Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Ben Kweller collaborated with the Foo Fighters.

Grohl writes the new EP had “taken on an entirely different tone” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month, causing the Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their European tour.

Grohl pens that the EP is a “celebration of life and music,” dedicating it to victims of the Paris attacks.

According to iTunes, “this five-song EP captures nearly forgotten moments from the band’s 20-year odyssey — a brilliant patchwork of pieced-together riffs and song fragments that were tracked in an impromptu studio at Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia. The road-tested band blasts through the set of scrappy guitar-driven rockers with high-volume fury. Polished? No way. But the rowdy performances and rough edges makeSaint Cecilia pack a visceral punch.”

There is something important to note from a technical perspective. The EP’s free digital download is available online for free digital download, but that’s somewhat of a misnomer. Hacked looked into the album, in its free digital download version, and noticed the band was hosting it on Amazon Servers.

Having familiarity with AWS, the Amazon servers used by government and many large corporations, we were able to deduce that, since each gigabyte on the platform generally costs 10 cents, and the album is 40 megabytes, the album costs the Foo Fighters nearly 0.4 cents per download, approximately.


As Dave Grohl writes:

Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Dave Grohl

The letter in its entirety can be read here.

Featured image of Dave Grohl from Shutterstock.

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  • P. H. Madore

    Releasing it for free is a smart move. Grohl hasn’t needed money for a long time, you know. Kurt Cobain’s daughter is worth $150M, for Christ’s sake.

    In any case, data transfer costs are negligible. I really don’t agree with your angle. They’re not street performers, after all, and no one coerced them to do this. Maybe you find it hard to accept that they really just want people to hear the music (in an era when radio is less and less a way to reach audiences).

    But let’s suppose it’s a horrible cost, and costs them more than a few thousand bucks a month (which is absolutely pocket change to them) — they should create a torrent and encourage people to share it. Offload the data transfer cost to the fans, who would gladly accept it, especially since there’d be no DMCA notices or court cases as a result.

    But I honestly think you’re stretching to try and turn the modern, minuscule cost of data transfer into cause for concern.

    It’s important to note that Radiohead gave away In Rainbows when it was much more expensive to obtain web hosting (2007, wasn’t it). Most bands anymore don’t rely on album sales, but instead on merchandise and ticket sales. Taylor Swift is an exception — she rakes it in from both. There are other exceptions.

    But I think it’s pathetic that we’re getting on 20 years of file sharing being a reality and the music industry still hasn’t found innovative ways to compete. The indie labels like Merge manage to win by obscurity, high quality content, and occasional strokes of luck like Arcade Fire and

    Zooey Deschanel. If you’ve ever bought an album from Merge, it’s just different. There’s always something extra and cool in the package. The packaging is better. It’s just cooler. I think that’s the direction bands should go. “Buy a T-shirt to get a download code,” or something.

    Good stuff though. I wouldn’t have heard about this otherwise.