Man, no disrespect, but Dave Grohl’s music is hardly overly complex.
Most of his songs, with the exception of Generator, hover around 132 to 136 beats per minute.
Taylor Hawkins is known for his nice hi-hat work, but “Times like These” is one of those tunes Dave writes in his sleep.
Indeed, the album One by One was far from a labour of love, rather it was a true labour of chore. The band recorded it entirely in late 2001 at Dave’s home in Virginia, and then by April were so unhappy with it they threw it all out and re did the rythm tracks back in Virginia, and then moved to Los Angeles - and faced with mucho MUCHO pressure from RCA pumped out an album which STILL was nowhere near the level of quality in terms of refinement compared to the album which preceded it.
Consider if you will that both Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin II were recorded in just 3 weeks and you’ll see what I’m driving at here.
The opening chord is real dumbed down chord…
The beat and temp is pure straight 4/4 - but Taylor Hawkins simply does a reverse trailing 16th snare hit on the 3rd beat per measure. It gives the impression of something tricky going on but it’s a no brainer - honestly. The riff itself is lifted straight from The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” - indeed the guitarist in the band Chris Shifflett has copped a fair bit of plagiarism flak for it actually.
The chords are dumb as…
Emin, C, Amin, D.
That’s it. Different variations through the song - but that’s it.
As rock songs go, even as Dave Grohl songs go - it’s one of his laziest yet. Even he admits it. But it says something about the state of songwriting in this modern era that the tune, nonetheless, is a standout.
One thing though - the opening chord sounds very nice through a Gibson ES335 and a VOX AC30. Dave has nice taste in guitars I’ll give him that - but whoever they used as their producer on this last album needs shooting. Sure, it’s loud - but you can actually hear digital clipping and distortion in the final product if you listen with headphones - and in reality it sounds like dogshit. I can’t listen to this last album - it sounds like one long drawn out song.