Though he’s in full Garbage mode for the May 14 release of the group’s new album, “Not Your Kind of People,” and the accompanying tour, Butch Vig already has a good answer for what’s next on his agenda.
Vig has his producer and engineer’s hat on as he works with Dave Grohl on an upcoming documentary about Sound City, the legendary Los Angeles recording studio where the two made Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” After purchasing the vintage Neve console for his home studio, Grohl decided to tell the facility’s history on film and enlisted Vig to work on a soundtrack for the project.
“He’s probably interviewed 150 or 200 people so far, and now we’ve been working on musical collaborations to be a part of the soundtrack for the film,” Vig tells Billboard.com. “It’s all new things. Rick Springfield came in and played with Dave and Josh (Homme) and Queens of the Stone Age. And we’ve got Corey (Taylor) from Slipknot and Stone Sour and really interesting collaborations. I’m not sure how it’s all going to come together yet, but so far the process has been really, really fun.” Vig also recently tweeted that he, Grohl and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic had been back in the studio again after working on the song “I Should Have Known” for Foo Fighters’ latest album “Wasting Light,” presumably as part of the Sound City project.
Vig says he’s been having as much fun listening to the interviews for the documentary as he has been making music. “The studio has such a history — and it’s a mixed history, you know?” he says of the place Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and many other legendary albums were recorded. “Some of the people’s experiences there were great, and some people’s experiences, like anything, were negative or there’s a black cloud or whatever. We’re not trying to paint a shiny picture, like everything is always perfect when you go into a recording studio, and I think that is what is sort of fascinating to see how all these people opened up. Like Lindsey Buckingham and Tom Petty, the stories they have are incredible. Tom Petty talked for, like, six hours, and it’s amazing; we could a 90-minute or two-hour film with just him. So it’s going to be interesting to see what makes the final cut.”
As for a timetable, Vig says he’s “hoping that we’ll get it finished and mixed in the fall…to have it come out early next year, like January or February or something like that.”
Grohl, meanwhile, has set up a faux studio hotline — 1-855-SND-CITY (763-2489) — that fans can call to get messages from him and updates about the Sound City film. A 25-second teaser trailer is posted at the film’s official web site, www.soundcitymovie.com.