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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and his band the Coattail Riders are set to release their sophomore album, Red Light Fever, on April 20 via Shanabelle/RCA.

According to Hawkins, who began work on the album during a 2009 break from the Foos’ hectic schedule, “About halfway through, I just said f**k it, I don’t care if the record ends up sounding like me having sex with my record collection. I’m just going to have fun with it.”

Prurient interest in his own record collection aside, Hawkins provided vocals and drum work for Red Light Fever, and recorded the album at Foos HQ — a “state of the art 606 studio complex.” Joining him in the studio were Coattail Riders Chris Chaney (bass) and Gannin Arnold (guitar), touring guitarist Nate Wood, Elliot Easton of the Cars, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and shock shock horror horror, everyone’s favorite caffeine addict, Dave Grohl.

Considered “a labor of love,” Red Light Fever‘s 12 songs “evokes memories of the respective heydays of the Chinn-Chapman hit factory, The Move, Sweet, and even a little 10cc for good measure – all imbued with Hawkins’ unmistakable musical personality.” Album standouts “Way Down,” “Not Bad Luck” and “Hell to Pay” all call to mind Hawkins’ various musical influences (again, he really loves his record collection) by merging affection for 70s “glam stomp,” hard rock and Beatles balladry.