Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has been pretty chatty about the band’s new album, revealing that work has begun on “28 or 30 songs”. As it turns out, the Chili Peppers have been working in the studio despite not yet having a producer on board. Josh said, ” Flea owns a really great studio now and as a group we’ve been recording and writing every day.”
Klinghoffer added, “We’ve written musically 30 songs now. We sort of did this last time, which was my first album. We piled a shitload of stuff on Anthony and he actually came through. He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end. We recorded 50 last time. We released an extra 17 that didn’t go on the album. We are conscious to not do that again but we are already up to 28 or 30 songs.”
If mega producer Rick Rubin decides not join the project, it will mark the group’s first album without their long-time producer since ‘Mother’s Milk’, which was released in 1989.