Well, it’s certainly a better title than Dr. Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-Head. On August 30, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will return with their first new album in more than five years, a Rick-Rubin produced disc that they’re calling I’m With You.
The Peppers broke the news on their official site on Sunday evening, with bassist Flea adding his own personal flourishes on Twitter. According to several reports, the first single off the album is called “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie,” and will be released on July 18.
I’m With You will be RHCP’s first album since 2006’s massively successful double disc Stadium Arcadium, and their first since the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante, who announced that he had left the group due to “musical differences” in late 2009. He’s replaced on the new album by friend (and touring Chili Pepper) Josh Klinghoffer.
In an interview earlier this year with Spin magazine, RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis said the band was reinvigorated by a lengthy hiatus the members took following their Arcadium world tour, and the addition of Klinghoffer to the mix, describing the recording process of the (then-untitled) album as being “one of evolution.”
“Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss,” he told the magazine. “On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea’s new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision.
“It is always going to change the chemistry and feeling of the music when such a creative force as John Frusciante leaves,” Kiedis continued. “He was something unique that shaped our sound then, but now I think it’s also something fresh and exciting to have a new, incredible musical mind working with us now. We are still the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but we also have to adapt and welcome new opportunities. After all, that is how we’ve survived all these years.”
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