By Jessica Goodman
Updated November 23, 2015 at 03:15 PM EST
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Foo Fighters announced a surprise collection of music late Sunday night, the Saint Cecelia EP, now available to download via the band’s website.

“The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music,” Dave Grohl wrote in a release. “The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.”

But the band canceled the remainder of the tour after the terror attacks in Paris that took place on Nov. 13. “Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world,” Grohl continued. “To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

“To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”

Featuring five songs, the EP was teased last month when the band launched a mysterious countdown clock on their website. Grohl also told the crowd at Austin City Limits that the band had recorded new music. “We recorded five f–ing new songs in your beautiful city. … We’re gonna give it to you! But not tonight,” he said at the Foo’s headlining show in October.

In Grohl’s letter, he describes recording the tracks at the Saint Cecelia Hotel in Austin. “Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album,” he wrote.

Hear the whole EP via Spotify.

Grohl’s full letter can be read over at

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