During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith confirmed that the band are “almost done” with their new album. The effort will be the band’s first with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006 and it is expected to be released before their 2022 stadium tour.
Smith said the following about working with Frusciante again:
“We’re getting along great. John’s been back for a while now, so it feels completely natural. … We’re really listening to each other in a new way.”
He also added the following about the writing process for the new record:
“We were gonna play some festivals that obviously got postponed. So we could just plow through and write, and that’s what we did. It was kind of a blessing, because we want to come out with new music and play some new songs. It’s gonna be great when we finally go out next year and have a record to play, and a bunch of other stuff, obviously.”
Smith also had the following to say when asked if the band were worried about creating music that lives up to their past work with Frusciante:
“You can’t really think about that. All of our records are just real good snapshots of where we’re at that time. You can’t really go, ‘Oh, gee, I hope it’s as good as …’ Then you’re starting to have preconceived notions about what you want to write. Look, John hasn’t been in our group in 10 years. That’s a long time. So of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great. … We really like it and we’re proud of it and it has to start there. If other people like it, great. If people compare it to this or [say] it doesn’t sound like that, we have no control over that. But, yeah, we’re all really happy with the record.”