Queen + The Police + 70s Glam Rock = Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders
So you’re part of one of the biggest rock groups in the world and you’ve collaborated with a plethora of famous musicians. What do you do next? Well, for Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, stepping out as the frontman of his own band was the next logical step. Although he continues to perform with Dave Grohl and co, Hawkins takes his other project, Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders for a spin between Foo’s tours and studio sessions too.
Consisting of Taylor Hawkins on drums and vocals, Chris Chaney on bass and Gannin Arnold on guitar, the band released their self-titled album Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders on March 21, 2006. However, their sound was truly cemented on their follow-up, Red Light Fever, released on April 19, 2010.
Recorded at the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in California, Red Light Fever draws on the band’s influences; Queen, The Police, The Beatles and Eagles, to name but a few. With a distinctive 70s glam rock and pop sound throughout, Red Light Fever features guest collaborators Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Dave Grohl and Elliot Easton of The Cars.
The classic Queen sound can truly be heard in “Way Down” and “Don’t Have to Speak”, (which coincidentally also feature appearances from Brian May of Queen). Although the album has its weaker moments, on the whole, the stronger tracks help to push this to be a pretty decent second offering from Hawkins and co.
The perfect blend of classic rock and modern alternative rock, Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders could be the band for you!