Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis spoke about the band’s upcoming album in a new interview with Citizens Of Humanity, comparing writing this effort to past ones. He explained, “It’s strikingly similar in many ways. There are so many different stages that I have to try and be available in the creative process. We’ll have band practice and improvise — I listen and kind of lose myself and find melody and find rhythm in the moment. Then there’s the songwriting process, where the guys will give me an instrumental recording and I have to sit with that music. Then there’s the part where you’re just in the car and you get an idea, and you have to pull over and work on the idea because that idea might never come again.”
Kiedis added that an idea for a song can hit him anywhere, saying, “I’ll get a great idea or a mediocre idea or maybe a couple of melodies that string together, and I’ll sit there and try to sing it over and over a hundred times so that I won’t forget. And then I get into my car; I’ll break out the phone and record it.”
The new Chili Peppers album will follow up 2011’s I’m With You. It will most likely come out in early to mid-2016.
Bassist Flea gave Rolling Stone a hint of what the band’s new material sounded like last year, saying, “It’s cool. It’s super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.”
The Chili Peppers have been tapped to headline next May’s Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio and will also appear at New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 24th.