The Red Hot Chili Peppers have continued recording their follow up to the 2006 double disc Stadium Arcadium without former guitarist John Frusciante, whom left the band in 2007 after the band announced their hiatus. Lead man Anthony Kiedis comments that the band is doing better than ever with their new musical direction.
Kiedis recently told Spin,
“It’s always going to change the chemistry and feeling of the music when such a creative force as John leaves. He was something unique that shaped our sound then. But it’s fresh and exciting to have a new, incredible musical mind working with us. We’re still the Red Hot Chili Peppers but we have to adapt and welcome new opportunities. That’s how we’ve survived all these years.”
Speaking on the band’s new sound, Kiedis explained,
“This album has been one of evolution. Before, some of our jams were hit and miss. On this record a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we’d never done before. Bassist Flea studied music theory at university while we were away. With his new knowledge we explored the writing process with a bit more precision. It’s a whole new dynamic. I’ve been the most open-minded and refreshed than I’ve been in a long time. I guess that comes from a much-needed hiatus and becoming a father.”
Get ready for the new album’s working title. It’s based on a friend of the bands acid trip. It’s called Dr Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine Head. The singer explained, “A friend of ours was reminiscing about an acid trip. He told us he’d been playing a sold-out show to the planets and moons, that that was the title of his number-one hit. We told him that for as long as the album was under the radar, that would be our nickname for it.”
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