Five years have passed since the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered their latest album, I'm With You, to devoted fans. To the delight of many, frontman Anthony Kiedis put some anxieties to rest by announcing the group is close to wrapping the newest addition to their remarkable discography.
Kiedis, Chad Smith and Flea, who just recently got a David Bowie tattoo, have decided to craft their 11th studio album with the guidance and creative direction of producer Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse. Kiedis stopped by radio program Jonsey's Jukebox, hosted by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, to discuss the recent collaboration.
"We had written two dozen songs before we got with him," the 54-year-old singer detailed, according to Alternative Nation. "[Danger Mouse] 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 By The Way singer continued to explain that the band is expected to hit the studio sometime this month to officially call it a wrap on the still-untitled LP. "We're going to back and listen to the songs, and see if we can beat them."
The 11th Chili Peppers album will come as the very first release produced by anyone other than Rick Rubin since Mother's Milk 1989 release. To support their latest effort, the group will hit the festival circuit across the United States and Europe and back presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a benefit concert on February 5.
"This cat Bernie Sanders stood out as being honest and likable, and actually human, a human being who cared about other human beings," Kiedis told Jones, according to Alternative Nation. "So right away, we said if we ever get a chance to play a benefit for this guy, we'll do it. If he's real, and he makes it that far, we'll play a show for him. Low and behold, nine months go by, he needs us to play, so we're there for him."