Red Hot Chili Peppers Working on New Album… But Should They?

The follow-up to 2011's 'I'm With You' is in the works... but are the Red Hot Chili Peppers running out of steam?

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Despite claims that the band has resorted to mailing it in during live performances, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed that they are working on a new album, the follow-up to 2011's I'm With You

Drummer and Will Ferrell doppleganger Chad Smith told Billboard that "It's only been a couple of months, so we're just starting to write and get in the groove of things. This is my favorite time, being creative, coming up with ideas. You go there at 11 o'clock with something that wasn't a piece of music, everyone collaborates on something, three hours later you've got something that's a piece of music that wasn't there before."

While undoubtedly staying true to the Venice-kings RHCP style, Smith says the band are "always trying to change and grow and do new stuff". He added: "So we don't make the record that we made three years ago, we're gonna make something different. And you never know what that is going to be." 

While there is undoubtedly a good deal of fuel left in the RHCP tank, the band have taken some heat in recent years over lackluster performances and Josh Klinghoffer struggling to fill the shoes left empty by departing guitarist John Frusciante. In the meantime, RHCP bassman Flea has joined a new band called Antemasque, which also features Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta. Their self-titled debut will be released in July. CraveOnline also premiered a new track by Klinghoffer's side-project Dot Hacker, which you can listen to here


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