The first trailer for Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s directorial debut Sound City has been released. The documentary focuses on the legendary Van Nuys, California studio Sound City, where countless artists such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nirvana, and Rage Against the Machine recorded tracks and albums over the past 40 years. The doc includes interviews with just about every rock musician under the sun (Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Lars Urlrich, etc.), and looks very much like a love letter to analog. Similarities are sure to be drawn to Keanu Reeves’ film vs. digital documentary Side by Side, as the artists that Grohl interviews discuss the importance of analog and the dangers of the music world going all-digital. All in all, this looks like a must-see.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Sound City will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January and is set for release sometime in February.
Here’s a synopsis for Sound City:
SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.
Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film showcases the amazing history of the studio, focuses on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, then explores the human element of music in an age of technology, and features performances of new music created exclusively for the film.