The curious countdown launched by Foo Fighters late last month has come to an end, and as many suspected, new music is the result. While performing at Austin City Limits in October, Dave Grohl announced that the band had recorded five new songs and it's those tracks that have been released as the Saint Cecilia EP, which is available now for free download. Vinyl pre-orders are also available.

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To coincide with the release of this surprise EP, Grohl has also shared a lengthy letter on their site for fans. In regards to the recent tragedies in Paris and other parts of the world, Grohl's letter is prefaced with the following, explaining the meaning this release has taken on and what the band hopes it can achieve:

“Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”

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To read the entire letter from Grohl, visit the EP's website and click the tab at the bottom of the page.

Tracklist:

Saint Cecilia
Sean
Savior Breath
Iron Rooster
The Neverending Sigh

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