The Red Hot Chili Peppers are in the “home stretch” of completing their first studio album since 2011’s I’m With You.
Anthony Keidis recently went on Joney’s Jukebox podcast to discuss the long-gestating album, which they will produce with Danger Mouse. The teaming with Danger Mouse marks the first time the Chili Peppers haven’t worked with Rick Rubin since Mother’s Milk back in the 80s.
Here’s a bit of what Kiedis said about Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and the progress of the album:
“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him [Burton]. [He] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio.’ We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.”
The Chili Peppers have been working on this album on and off, with a few delays along the way, since 2014. Last year, Kiedis said this was as good a Red hot Chili Peppers album as any they’d ever written. Flea also chimed in, saying the new tunes would be “super danceable.”
Until the album drops, the band will be headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, and have booked a few more concerts and festivals for the summer months.