If this was our last album, I would consider it an exclamation point," says Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.
"Some people might consider it a question mark, but for me it's a drop-the-mic moment."
The 52-year-old is talking about Medicine at Midnight, his group's 10th album.
Of course, this is not the veteran outfit's final release, or at least we hope it isn't. Instead, it's is a celebration of 25 years of hard touring and 10 albums of rock.
For their latest outing, Grohl and Co went back to the music of their youth - Little Richard, Elvis, Sly and the Family Stone, Let's Dance-era Bowie and disco.
"Knowing it was our 25th anniversary and our 10th album, I thought it would be a good idea to really start the party," the ever-enthusiastic Grohl explains.
The Foos, as they are affectionately called by fans, began work on the record in late 2019, decamping to an expansive 1940s house in a Los Angeles suburb.
As the process went on, the band realised they were writing songs that were more upbeat, although they retained their trademark stadium-ready rock sound.
Grohl says he kept the festival crowd in mind throughout
The bubblegum choruses of "na na nas" on Making A Fire and the riffs of Holding Poison sound ready-made for the live circuit.
As well as delaying the album, the pandemic ensured these songs will remain purely for home listening, at least for now.
"I felt like it was time for us to be the DJ at the biggest party we have ever had," Grohl says.
He spent lockdown in Hawaii with his wife, Jordyn Blum, and their three daughters.
What was meant to be a short holiday turned into a long lockdown, with Grohl grounded for the first time in some 30 years.
"I felt really fortunate to have a lot of time with my family, making sure that everybody was healthy and safe," he says.
"I have been on the road for 30 years, so having 12 months of being at home was something new.
"I have to be honest, I was really into it. People would ask 'Don't you miss being on tour?' I felt obligated to say 'Yes, that is the love of my life', but deep down I was happy with being immobile."
Medicine at Midnight is unique among the Foo Fighters' back catalogue because of its special guest, Grohl's eldest daughter, Violet (14), who sings backing vocals on Making A Fire.
Despite its feelgood vibe, politics is baked into Medicine at Midnight. Grohl was raised in a political family - his father, James, was a respected journalist and political consultant, and his mother, Virginia, a public school teacher of more than 30 years. He also grew up in Washington DC, within spitting distance of the Pentagon and White House.
"We're digging ourselves out of a hole," he says when asked about the state of his nation.
The Foos performed their evergreen hit Times Like These during a special concert on the day of Joe Biden's inauguration, with Grohl dedicating their performance to his mother and "all of our unshakeable teachers that continue to enlighten our nation's kids every day".
It was, unsurprisingly, an emotional experience.
"Having them ask us to play a song I wrote 18 years ago about a time in my life where I was at a crossroads.... it's not a political song, but it does apply to what's going on in America right now."
Instead of performing live in Washington DC, Grohl watched himself perform from his home in Hawaii (their song was pre-recorded because of Covid-19).
"I would have loved to have been there. Instead, I was in Hawaii on the couch, drinking a beer and watching my band perform. It was surreal," he says.
"I was honoured to be involved in a moment like that. It seemed like a turning point."
True to form, our conversations ends with Grohl's trademark humility. "It's funny," he says. "I wake up every day, no matter how good a day or bad a day, and can't believe I get to live this life. It never wears thin."