Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

Veteran rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared “Dark Necessities” as they gear up for the release of new album The Getaway, due for release on June 17th. The 13-track record will be their first since 2011’s I’m With You LP.

The new track offsets their usual funky vibe – which still remains courtesy of Flea’s trademark wandering basslines – with a dreamier blend of soulful piano and washed out guitar. The band were rumored to have had over 30 songs written in 2014 and have been working with producer Danger Mouse to piece the record together: “[Danger Mouse] is very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he’ll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials. Which is a beautiful place to be,” said frontman Anthony Kiedis. The Getaway also marks the first Chili Peppers album since 1989 to not be produced by Rick Rubin.

Fans had been teased earlier this week when the band revealed the name of “Dark Necessities,” with many commenting on its similarity to a song in Disney’s 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book which was remade earlier this year and the album artwork also gives a strong (albeit urbanized) nod to the movie.

Tracklist:

  1. The Getaway
  2. Dark Necessities
  3. We Turn Red
  4. The Longest Wave
  5. Goodbye Angels
  6. Sick Love
  7. Go Robot
  8. Feasting on the Flowers
  9. Detroit
  10. This Ticonderoga
  11. Encore
  12. The Hunter
  13. Dreams of a Samurai

On top of the record, Red Hot Chili Peppers have a busy schedule of festival appearances lined up for summer.

May
22nd: Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
29th: Napa Valley, CA – BottleRock

June
3rd-5th: Mendig Airfield, Germany – Rock am Ring
3rd-5th: Nuremburg, Germany – Rock im Park
8th: Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield Festival
10th: Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop
10th-12th: Nickelsdorf, Austria – Novarock
29th-2nd: Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
30th-3rd: Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival

July
2nd: Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
6th: Kiev, Ukraine – U-Park Festival
9th: Moscow, Russia – Park Live
10th: Perthshire, Scotland – T in the Park
15th: Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
16th: Québec City, Québec – Festival d’été de Québec
22nd-24th: Yuzawa-cho, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
22nd-24th: Jinsan, South Korea – Valley Rock Festival
29th-31st: Montreal, Québec – Osheaga Festival
30th: Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

August
25th: Belfast, Northern Ireland – Tennent’s Vital
26th-27th: Reading, England – Reading Festival
26th-27th: Leeds, England – Leeds Festival

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