“We are all really happy with the record”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are “almost finished” recording their next album, according to drummer Chad Smith. It would be guitarist John Frusciante’s first feature since 2006’s ‘Stadium Arcadium’.
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In a new interview with Rolling stone, Smith said that the band is “getting great”, and that they are “really hearing each other in a new way”.
After a ten-year absence from the group, Frusciante rejoined in 2019, replacing Josh Klinghofer. “John’s been back for a while now,” Smith said, “so it feels completely natural. He’s so into it. He’s working so hard. We’ve all been working hard, but he’s there.” With all the overdub and magic that he brings.”
Frusciante appeared on the band’s six studio albums: ‘Mother’s Milk’, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic’, ‘One Hot Minute’, ‘Californication’, ‘By the Way’ and ‘Stadium Arcadium’, all between 1989 and 2006. Released.
Smith stated that the group was not focused on trying to live up to the success of any of those albums. “All our records are just real good snapshots of where we are [at] at that time,” he said. “You can’t really go, ‘Oh, gee, I hope it’s as good…’ then you’re starting to make preconceived notions about what you want to write.
“Look, John hasn’t been in our group for ten years. It’s been a long time. So of course it looks different, but it looks like the four of us because we have this special chemistry together. It’s rad Sounds like Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and for me it’s great… we really like it and we’re proud of it and that’s where it should start.”
Although he did not reveal a release date for the band’s 12th studio album, Smith said that the as-yet-unnamed release would fall short before the Peppers begin their massive global stadium tour in mid-2022.
The papers will be supported by The Strokes, HAIM, St. Vincent and others, announced last week as the huge undertaking.