Chris Shiflett has spent the past decade playing guitar with hard rock heroes the Foo Fighters and the world's coolest cover band, punk supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. The Santa Barbara native–who now lives in LA–has also busied himself writing and singing his own songs for an upcoming album he plans to title Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants.
The way the Foo Fighter explains it, the record will definitely not sound like anything he's most famous for. Shiflett performs Wednesday (Feb. 17) at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. He will be accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and be joined on keyboards by Derek Silverman. Shiflett called–using a hands-free wireless–while driving to a recent solo gig in Seattle.
OC Weekly (Wade Tatangelo) How's the recording of your solo album, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, going?
Chris Shiflett: We're in the final stages. Hopefully it will be ready soon. Just need to do a few more tweaks.
How does it compare to your work with Foo Fighters?
It's a totally different thing. It's mostly acoustic based and rootsy.
Fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl said recently that fatherhood has “changed everything.” Do you have children?
I do. Three little boys. Your life changes dramatically, of course, when you have kids.
Has being a father affected your songwriting?
Not really, no.
What's it like going from playing the world's largest venues to clubs and bars?
It's a natural thing. I've been playing clubs since I was 14. Playing little bars is like being back home for me.