Watch SoCal Skaters in Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Dark Necessities' Video - Rolling Stone
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Watch SoCal Skaters in Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Dark Necessities’ Video

Olivia Wilde-directed clip features plenty of California summer vibes

Red Hot Chili Peppers unveiled the video for new track “Dark Necessities” the band’s Facebook page on Thursday. Vinyl actress Olivia Wilde directed the clip after making her directorial debut earlier this year with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “No Love Like Yours.”
Wilde recently shared several behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot on her Instagram account. One picture shows Chad Smith drumming furiously; Wilde wrote: “Chad Smith tearing up this crazy kit last night after I asked him to play at double the normal speed.” The “Necessities” video includes female long boarders Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell, and Noelle Mulligan. 

The camera tracks the women as they skateboard around the streets, focusing on the cuts and bruises they sustain. The band has an easier job – Anthony Kiedis sings shirtless, per usual, and Flea spends a portion of the video playing the bass while sitting in a kitchen sink and wearing a pair of dish-washing gloves.

“I pitched them my treatment and they chose it based on the treatment, and they gave me a shot and I’ll forever be grateful because it served as another type of launch pad for me,” Wilde told ET Online, saying that she hopes to continue directing. “I really found it to be a logical way to get your feet wet in directing because it is essentially an exercise in making a silent film. You have to learn how to tell a story without dialogue – that is really essential.”
The Getaway, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 11th LP drops Friday. Danger Mouse produced the album, and pushed the band to write songs in a different way, said Flea. “He’s from a hip-hop background and that’s how he puts down tracks,” Flea explained to Rolling Stone. “You put down a drum machine and add bass, piano and guitar, whatever it is. I was real hesitant to do that… I just didn’t want to lose the mightiness of us as a band, the raw identity.”
Flea talks about his snowboarding accident in Montana in our animated video. Watch here.

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