With a five month break in their touring schedule the band took the opportunity to record and work on some of the songs they had come up with during the previous 12 months of heavy touring, preparing material for what would be their fourth studio album. Grohl had a preference for recording away from the big, commercial recording studios in the area and having already converted the basement of his own house into a recording studio he persuaded Taylor Hawkins to do the same in his.
"The whole idea of building a home studio is just to be in complete control of everything" explained Grohl, "I will never work another way again. There's just no way. There's no clock on the wall, it's your fucking house, which also means that you decide who's allowed to come by the studio and who's not". Hawkins' home studio was constructed in early 2001 and the band recorded 14 songs over a two week period at the new studio in April of that year.
The only titles known to have been recorded during the session were working titles seen on a piece of paper taped to the floor of the studio by Kerrang journalist Joshua Sindell on a visit to the studio - 'Tom Petty', 'Knucklehead', 'Spooky Tune', 'Full Mount', 'Lonely As You' and 'Tears For Beers'. Whilst most of these titles were certainly changed by later sessions and are likely to be early working titles of well known songs 'Lonely As You' obviously remained the same all the way through to One By One and 'Knucklehead' remained the title for an unreleased song. 'Tom Petty' was an early working title for the song later known as 'Halo'.