After making the decision to scrap nearly everything from the previous recording sessions for their fourth album everyone took a break and went off to do their own things, Grohl going back to his 'other' band Queens Of The Stone Age. During a break in touring commitments with them he had some free time and decided to call on Taylor to try and work together again. "I had this two-week period that was, like, down time, so I called Taylor and said 'hey, why don't you and I go to Virginia and record some shit? I have a couple new ideas.'" Grohl recalled, adding "I went up to his house in Topanga and demoed a couple [of] songs."
Two of those songs were 'Times Like These' and 'Low'. "They were just instrumentals. And I wasn't really concerned with making the rest of the record" Grohl later explained. "It was just, like, 'okay, let's get back into just fucking around, how about that? Let's just do it, because I live 25 minutes away from you, and I can come up to your house and we can put something to tape for fun" he added.
'Disenchanted Lullaby' and two or three other songs were also demoed by the pair. "When we went back in, me and Dave had done some demos for five or six new songs" explained Hawkins, "three of which - 'Low', 'Times Like These' and 'Disenchanted Lullaby' - made it on to the record". It's not clear if the other tracks recorded were also instrumentals nor what the other tracks that didn't make the record were. These Grohl and Hawkins' demos have never been released and it's not known if they recorded anything else in this period.