Hear Violet Grohl & Her Dad, Dave, Cover X’s “Nausea” for Grohl’s ‘What Drives Us’ Documentary (Premiering 4/30)


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It can be increasingly dizzying to try and keep up with everything Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl has going on these days.

His band released an adventurous new album, Medicine at Midnight, in February, his official memoir is coming in October, he collaborated with Mick Jagger on a new song, he collaborated with his mother, Virginia, on a new docu-series, AND he directed a new documentary about the touring life of musicians, that will premiere on April 30.

It’s that documentary, What Drives Us, that had another intriguing bit of news lately, in the form of a song recorded for the project. It’s a cover of “Nausea,” a song from the legendary Los Angeles punk band X, from Dave’s daughter, Violet Grohl. She sings lead vocals while her dad provides the music, and it’s an excellent tribute to X:

“I wanted to record a song that would not only pay tribute to the people & music that influenced me to become a musician, but also to pay tribute to my long family history,” said Grohl in a tweet from the Foo Fighters’ account regarding this fun collab:

What Drives Us will arrive on Friday, April 30 exclusively on The Coda Collection, the new music and entertainment-themed streaming service available as an add-on channel for Amazon Prime subscribers.

Per a news release, What Drives Us focuses mainly on the road lifestyles of young bands Radkey and Starcrawler, but features contextual interviews with musicians of all ages and success levels, discussing the consistent narrative of their shared existences:

“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music,” said Dave Grohl. “What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”

WHAT DRIVES US is an homage to the moment in every musician’s life when their commitment is tested and their desire to play music for others becomes an almost irrational act of blind faith. The first step to prove to yourself and the world that you belong is to load up your instruments, your talent and your courage, and get in the van to take your music to the world — a true rock and roll rite of passage. 

The documentary is also a tribute to every young kid who dreams of a life playing music. Dave was that kid. As were Ringo Starr, The Edge, Annie Clark, Steven Tyler, Ian Mackaye and everyone in between. The list goes on forever. While they all have stories — outrageous, unbelievable, insane, as well as poignant stories — they all share a common bond. At some point, before anyone knew their name, they had an unstoppable drive to share their music with the world. Their passion led them to leave everything behind, throw caution to the wind, and chase their dream. 


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