Foo Fighters Live

Laundry Room Studio (Dain Bramage)

Jan 1986 • Arlington, VA, United States

Tracks Recorded

  1. In The Dark
  2. Watching It Bake
  3. Cheyenne
  4. Space Cat
  5. Bend

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Band Members

  1. Dave Grohl
    Dave Grohl


  2. Dave Smith
    Dave Smith

    Bass Guitar

  3. Reuben Radding
    Reuben Radding

    Guitar, Vocals


Tascam 34 ΒΌ Inch 4-Track Reel-to-reel tape machine • Peavey 12-channel Mixing Console


Recording & Engineer: Barrett Jones

Session Information

Mission Impossible continued playing live shows until the summer of 1985 when guitarist Bryant Mason and vocalist Chris Page both graduated High School and headed off to College. Dave Grohl and bassist Dave Smith were both high school dropouts and so instead of heading to college like their band mates went in search of musical pastures new.

"Enter Reuben Radding" recalled Grohl. "[He was] an extraordinary bassist in a band called A.O.C. that had just broken up as well. His knowledge of hardcore was negligible, his taste being more in the Mission of Burma/Television vein. We set up our stuff in my living room and smoked a whole bunch of pot, wrote four songs and Dain Bramage was born".

Dain Bramage were Radding playing guitar and on vocals, Dave Smith on bass and Grohl on drums. The band started writing songs at an "alarming pace" according to Grohl and then naturally started playing live shows.

"We started playing shows around town, whenever we could get them, usually to the hardcore kids' dismay" recalled Grohl. "This band was where I really started to utilize my growing interest in song writing: arrangement, dynamics, different tunings etc. We were extremely experimental, usually experimenting with classic rock clichés in a noisy, punk rock kind of way" he added.

By this time Grohl had become good friends with producer Barrett Jones having recorded with several bands at his Laundry Room Studio and so it was no surprise he took Dain Bramage there to record some demos. For Dave this had almost become a ritual. "Like every other band I'd been in, we eventually recorded a few demos with Barrett." he joked.

By early 1986 Jones had moved out of his parents house into a new place in the city, taking the recording equipment from his makeshift studio with him. Despite now no longer being based in the laundry room of the house (The bands would actually play in the living room and the control room was in a large closet) Jones retained the Laundry Room Studio name for the new location.

Five tracks were recorded in total at this first Dain Bramage session and whilst some tapes were spread and circulated locally no copies are known to widely circulate today. The ¼ Inch Master reels are in the possession of bassist Dave Smith.

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