Chad Smith, drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, confirmed that the band will release a new album next year, calling it “different and unique.”
The band released their most recent album, I’m With You in 2011 and this upcoming release is their eleventh.
Smith, while answering questions from fans via Rolling Stone, revealed details regarding the album.
“The new album is shaping up good. We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re working with an unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music. We’ve done the “guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once” thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As far as percussion goes, I foresee Mauro Refosco, the percussionist that we had record with us on the last record and tour with us, coming in and being a part of this record as well. I would think that he would add some nice, interesting percussive elements. But, as far as what I’m doing, I’m just playing my same old beat that I’ve been doing for 25 years, faster and slower. Anything we do is going to sound like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Certainly with Anthony [Kiedis] singing and the way that we play. We’re just trying to break new ground and come up with something. All I can say is we’re taking a different approach that is going to wield different results. We’re going to probably write some more new songs this way, but we’re also going to work on the ones that we have as well, which we’ve already done. We’ve already recorded some of the songs, just a few that we’ve been working on. But this is also going to be in addition to those. It’s a new process. I don’t know how long it’s going to take. We’ll have a record out next year.”
Smith also talked about the idea of touring for the 25th anniversary for their record, Blood Sugar Sex Magic in 2016.
“I wouldn’t say ‘never’ to anything,” Smith said about the idea. “But we’re always moving forward and we don’t look back too much. That seems to me that you’re really going back. We have so much other material, and so much music that we want to play. But, again, I wouldn’t say that we’d never do it, but it’s not something that’s ever really come up or discussed or talked about or anything. It’s not going to happen anytime in the near future.”
Bassist, Flea, said that the album was “super danceable,” telling Rolling Stone: “It’s cool. It’s super danceable, funky shit and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it. I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we’re on a world tour.”
This will be their first album without long-time producer Rick Ruben since their 1989 album, Mother’s Milk.