Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has confirmed that the band has racked up 30 fresh tunes for the new album, a follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You."
Chatting with Noise 11, Josh also discussed the matter of album producer, saying that it's still uncertain whether Rick Rubin will helm the new release.
"The Chili Peppers are working every day writing," the guitarist said. "We have produced a more elaborate demo stage into the writing, at least more than the band has before. Flea owns a really great studio now. I've been recording with the Chili Peppers every day. We've written musically 30 songs now. We sort of did this last time, which was my first album."
Focusing on the immense number of fresh ideas, Klinghoffer stressed that the group is not looking to repeat last album's track overload, yet the ideas keep piling up. "We piled a s--tload of stuff on Anthony [Kiedis] and he actually came through," Josh remembers. "He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end. We recorded 50 last time. We released an extra 17 that didn't go on the album. We are conscious to not do that again, but we're already up to 28 or 30 songs."
Addressing rumors that Rubin's replacement was found, the axeman noted, "Yeah, yeah, well ... that's not even 100 percent official yet. That is sort of up in the air still. Normally he becomes involved in the arranging process but he hasn't yet been which is good for me. I like it the way we are doing it so far. There hasn't been an official producer named yet, so in the absence of that, you never know what could happen."
In related news, the band's self-titled debut turned 30 last week. After humbly landing at No. 201 on the US Billboard chart, it went on to sell over 300,000 copies around the world.