“There’s heavier stuff than the band’s ever done, and there’s also a lot of beautiful, soaring melodies,” says guitarist John Frusciante, who cites “Only 18” as his favorite track. “I feel like everybody’s taking their instrument to a new level.”
The follow-up to 2002’s By the Way has been a long time in the making, as the Chili Peppers — Frusciante, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and singer Anthony Kiedis — wrote and rehearsed for seven months before entering the studio.
“We worked really hard and focused in,” Flea says. “I’m very in love with this record.”
“There are also a lot of fucked-up aspects to it,” Frusciante adds. “All kinds of flaws and dirt that I like to hear on records.”
Flea and Frusciante took time away from recording to perform at a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music on Wednesday night. The Chili Peppers will take the stage together — along with Weezer — in Las Vegas on July 2nd to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary.
And, according to Flea, fans may have an extra incentive to head to Sin City: “We’ll probably play some new stuff.”