Foo Fighters skipped town for some new scenery to debut their new album in its entirety for a handful of fans at the tiny Velvet Jones club in Santa Barbara Friday night, giving strong evidence to support to frontman Dave Grohl’s claims that their latest is the heaviest Foo Fighters album yet. The northbound quintet sent fans on a wild goose chase to find the club gig, with Grohl having teased fans throughout the week prior by posting pictures on Twitter of the band in practice and exclaiming how eager they are to play the new album live after so much honing in the studio. This was followed by a picture of a festive party sombrero next to a Foo Fighters tour case. Grohl posted pictures of himself Friday as he drove up the coast – one with the ocean to his left in the distance with Santa Cruz Island in the distance, another with the North 101 sign. By the time he got around to the official announcement, line had grown to over 50 people.

After an opening set by Mariachi El Bronx, the Foo Fighters appeared with Grohl popping onstage, grining and asking, “You guys wanna hear the new record?” The new and still unnamed Foo Fighters album, produced by old friend Butch Vig and recorded on analog tape in Grohl’s makeshift garage studio, is the band’s attempt to scrap their trajectory of studio progress and go back to doing things the hard way, more organically and as lo-fi as possible. Vig’s assertion that the new material is “primal” and “raw” was immediately proven as the band tore through their new album and an entire greatest-hits set immediately after. Grohl, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and latest addition Pat Smear on guitar rocked the album’s 11 tracks in order, in just over 35 minutes of pure Rock insanity. Check it out here (killer job squaresoflight!):