New RHCP album was difficult process

Anthony Kiedis says Red Hot Chili Peppers chucked two albums worth of material in the bin and started from scratch during a recording process which he says was ‘difficult.’

The funk rockers had a huge number of tracks ready to go before deciding to scrap them and pen brand new efforts instead.

Speaking to The Pulse of Radio, RHCP frontman Kiedis says: “"We had an unusually difficult experience making this record where we wrote 20 to 30 songs and it was all ready to go and we thought it was happening, and then Flea went snowboarding and broke his arm real bad."

Kiedis explains: "So we rethought everything and then we didn't have a producer and we were just sort of lost in space with all these songs… When all the dust settled, Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, emerged and said, 'Let's go make a record.' We were, like, 'Great! We have all these songs,' and he was, like, 'Leave those there. Let's go write new songs in the studio.' So the process began over again.”

It wasn’t a process which Kiedis and the band were fully supportive of initially as he admits there was ‘pushback’ and resistance to the suggestion to start again.

"He just wanted to see what would happen when we went into the studio and started something fresh. The only way we saw this working was to have trust in him and get rid of our old ideas and our old way of doing things.”

‘The Getaway’ is due out June 17 while the first single to come off the new record, ‘Dark Necessities’, was released last week.

 

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