Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett melts faces for a living. And, how's your day? As lead guitarist for epic rockers Foo Fighters, the guy could probably retire now and still take solace in knowing he rocked his and other generations for over a decade. But, that's not going to happen now or probably ever. On the contrary, the Foos aren't enough to contain Shiflett, who like one-man juggernaut Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins before him, has created his own band -- Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants -- while on hiatus from that epic band. The album was released last month, and he's been on the road touring since.
I spoke with Shiflett in NYC last weekend -- moments before he took the stage for the final night of his brief but fruitful tour with the Peasants, and found him to be totally candid about the Foos, his new band, and everything in between. While his current band isn't meant to replace the Fighters (he'll hit the studio with the band very soon for a new album release next year), he said the new band has provided him with a forum to play the type of music he couldn't normally do with the Grohl-fronted crew. Essentially, the Dead Peasants are All-American rockers with a Waylon Jennings-inspired country twang with deep, soulful lyrics and sound. Enough talking, watch the interview below taken from the inner depths of the New York staple -- Mercury Lounge.
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