Red Hot Chili Peppers confirm ‘different’ and ‘unique’ new album for 2015

Drummer Chad Smith also describes the LP as 'exciting' and 'challenging'

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has confirmed that his band will release a new album next year, labelling the LP as “different and unique”.

The group released their last album ‘I’m with You’ in 2011, with the upcoming effort set to be their eleventh studio release to date.

Answering fan questions from Twitter via Rolling Stone, Smith revealed details about the new record.

“The new album is shaping up good,” he said. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re working with an unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music. We’ve done the “guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once” thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

Smith continued: “As far as percussion goes, I foresee Mauro Refosco, the percussionist that we had record with us on the last record and tour with us, coming in and being a part of this record as well. I would think that he would add some nice, interesting percussive elements. But, as far as what I’m doing, I’m just playing my same old beat that I’ve been doing for 25 years, faster and slower.”

“Anything we do is going to sound like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Certainly with Anthony [Kiedis] singing and the way that we play. We’re just trying to break new ground and come up with something. All I can say is we’re taking a different approach that is going to wield different results. We’re going to probably write some more new songs this way, but we’re also going to work on the ones that we have as well, which we’ve already done. We’ve already recorded some of the songs, just a few that we’ve been working on. But this is also going to be in addition to those. It’s a new process. I don’t know how long it’s going to take. We’ll have a record out next year.”

As well as talking about the new album, Smith also approached the possibility of playing a whole album live in full and touring for the 25th anniversary of classic record ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ in 2016.

“I wouldn’t say “never” to anything,” said of the idea. “But we’re always moving forward and we don’t look back too much. That seems to me that you’re really going back. We have so much other material, and so much music that we want to play. But, again, I wouldn’t say that we’d never do it, but it’s not something that’s ever really come up or discussed or talked about or anything. It’s not going to happen anytime in the near future.”

In October, the band’s bass player Flea described the upcoming album as “super danceable”. He told Rolling Stone: “It’s cool. It’s super danceable, funky shit and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it. I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we’re on a world tour.”

The band’s new album looks to be their first without long-time producer Rick Rubin since ‘Mother’s Milk’, which was released in 1989.
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