Red Hot Chili Peppers Reveal They Are Working on a New Album

The band are recording the follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed that they are working on a new album, NME reports.

The band are currently recording the follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You," drummer Chad Smith has revealed.

"It's only been a couple of months, so we're just starting to write and get in the groove of things," he told Billboard. "This is my favourite 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 Smith says it is too early to define the sound of the new album, he added that 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."

Last month, it was announced that Smith's bandmate Flea would be releasing an album with his new band Antemasque, which also features Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta. Their self-titled debut will be released in July.

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    About time :p, i'm looking forward to hearing this, i really liked the previous release. Btw, Flea isn't in Antemasque, he's just playing on two of the songs, as far as i've heard.
    He plays on almost all tracks on the album. There are already 3 songs released with him on bass
    To be honest here, I liked "I'm with you" a lot more than most people, it wasn't a great RHCP-album, but it was a good album, I just hope that they crank up Josh's guitar in this album, he is pretty good, but the main problem with I'm with you is that there was to much focus on the bass, let there be a somewhat harmony between the guitar and the bass, don't turn the bass up so hard that it's hard to hear the guitar in some sections! saying you didn't enjoy "Look Around" would be a lie and you know it
    I can honestly say I am a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, I can not say I'm a fan of EVERY song. But with that in mind, I know that any time RHCP write an album, there's without a doubt a song or two worth any rock hall of fame.
    I wish they would still make thrashy/funky stuff like Uplift Mofo Party Plan.....
    cha33 armstrong
    i look forward to it as long as its not like the previous album
    Nothing wrong with "I'm with you" beside the mix Some cracking tunes on that album IMO
    It's the mastering that's the biggest problem. Rubin seems satisfied to allow his productions to get crushed beyond reason and into distortion. It's terrible the whole industry is responsible but rhcp is particularly noticeable because they're a jam band and need those dynamics. Josh is too quiet on the album mix wise but if the mastering was better it would breath more naturally and give more space.
    matteo cubano
    does rick actually engineer the record and mix it though?
    Nope, but he's got a lot of control over how it's mixed. If Rick Rubin deems a record will be hit record if it's crushed to death, then that record will be crushed to death, to the collective chagrin of audio engineers everywhere.
    I thought it was great too. Songs like Ethiopia and Look Around are up there with the greats. All they need to do is TURN UP Josh's guitar, and definitely give him more spotlight on backing vocals, his voice his phenomenal.
    I don't understand people's problem with the last album. Yeah, some tracks were a little cheesy (I'm looking at you, Look Around), but tracks like Brendan's Death Song were just jaw-dropping.
    The only songs on the album i disliked was factory of faith and dance dance dance. I mean I'll always love the John Frusciante stuff the most, but the new stuff is still good. I was impressed cuz it exceeded my expectations so much.
    I'm With You is one of my favourite albums by them actually. It sounds great and all the instruments are baller. I can't wait for the next one!
    Mixed bag in the comments so far. I'm gonna make it 50/50 and say I'm With You was uninspired at best.
    It would have been a great album in my opinion if it hadn't been mixed so badly. Josh has some great parts on that album that are almost impossible to hear unless you check out the fan mixes.
    Tbh although the mixing was shit it wasn't the main problem for me. I'm not saying they should function purely as a funk band but the material they tackled on the last album was just naff. Occasional moments of greatness but just wack overall.
    I suppose I see where you're coming from there. Personally i liked it, but I wouldn't put down as one of their greats. Still they've made a reputation in the last few decades of making every album sound different, so I wouldn't be surprised if this new one sounds totally unlike the last!
    Personally the only song on the album that I dislike is Happiness Loves Company. I thought everything else was pretty good.
    RHCP fans tend to be so selective in their memory when it comes to previous albums. I'd like to remind everybody that Mother's Milk was John's first album and 'most' people don't regard that album as an iconic Frusciante album. I would like to give Josh the same growing space that John got. Also, By The Way almost caused Flea to leave the band because John took a more creative approach and drifted away from the funk that Flea liked playing. Seriously. Nobody remembers that. Listen to the music, enjoy it for what it is. They're older but still have a lot left in the tank. But I agree with everybody on the mixing of I'm With You.
    Honestly Mother's Milk is my favourite album to have Frusciante on it personally. But yeah Josh needs growing room. For every band that gets a new member that fits like a glove there are ten that have to have growing pains.
    They should put Abracadbralifornia on the album as a bonus track just for shits and gigs.
    sinForge xJp
    I liked I'm With You. My heart goes to By The Way forever, though... but while I'm sad that kind of album will never happen again without John, I like where they've been going.
    I feel like a broken record but RHCP without John is truly 3/4 a band. Josh is an awesome guitarist and seems like a cool guy, but it's just not possible for someone to go as well with the rest of the Peppers as John did. That said, I also wouldn't ever want RHCP to quit.
    I dunno, I say give josh some more time with the band. After so long with one guitarist, it's not easy to just get into the same flow with someone completely different, but it can be done. I'm sure Anthony Flea and Chad realised that when they brought him on, Josh knew it himself, but they were patient enough to put in the time to make it happen. I think once they properly readjust to this different guitarist with this different style they could create something truly magical like they had with John. Who know what the next album will bring!
    Yeah, that's true. I'm definitely not trying to be pessimistic about it but I'm With You just felt kind of empty, excluding one or two songs.
    I'm with you was good but not a great album. They're getting older now and don't have the same crazy energy they once had. I think if John came back they could make another break through album like Californication.
    John's not coming back. Besides did you just suggest that in order to have more energy they should replace their youngest member with someone 10 years older?
    Does this guy bring in a lot of energy? Idk. I'm asking. But I know he's done one album with them and it wasn't a great album. I'm saying John could ignite a spark in everyone to create a great album.
    Actually, if you just want to talk energy, Josh brings it more than anyone. Have you seen that guy on stage? He's batshit insane. That said, I wasn't all that into the new album. It seemed lacking to me, and what it was lacking was very obviously John's guitar style, and his backing vocals. Also, it's not like Josh is really that new. He had been touring with them as the backup guitarist (playing rhythm for John's solos, and filling out John's multi-tracked guitar parts) for years, and has appeared on John's solo albums as well. I saw RHCP at lollapalooza 2006 in Chicago, right after Stadium Arcadium came out (incredible show, by the way), and Josh was there. He played on just about every song. Except for John's solo spot where he sang... Tiny Dancer, I think it was. God damn that guy is good.
    So in theory, Josh only had one chance to prove himself as good, if not better than John within one album? Stop and think about how long John spent playing and writing with the Chili's. Josh is an amazing guitarist and should be given much more credit.
    I'd like to see John back in the chilis as much as the next guy, but let's be honest. He isn't into returning enymore, and even if he did, he won't give us those incendiary riffs anymore.
    Funk Monk
    As a long time RHCP fan (Funk Monk?) I have to say "I'm with you was the weakest album the band has ever released, weaker than "One Hot Minute" with Dave Navarro and the debut "Red Hot Chili Peppers" with Jack Sherman. Yes my friends, weaker than "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" and "Knock me down", it's not Josh Klinghoffer's fault though. While he has some good moments on the album, the whole album is majorly lacking in songwriting appeal. Anthony Kiedis' voice has changed again, and this time I really don't like it much. His singing really hit a peak on Stadium Arcadium, I really find it less inspired and more forced on this album.