The band’s 12th full-length offering with John Frusciante for the first time since 2006, and Rick Rubin for the first time since 2011
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest offering Unlimited Love is finally here and haven’t we been teased about it?
Fans have been anticipating this since John Frusciante’s return to the band and the anticipation has grown more recently with the famous RHCP logo popping up in places and short videos of the intro of their lead single ‘Black Summer’.
What you need to know:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers finally stop the teasing, announcing new album Unlimited Love and lead single ‘Black Summer’.
- The band’s 12th full-length offering with John Frusciante for the first time since 2006, and Rick Rubin for the first time since 2011.
- The album is out April 1.
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Unlimited Love reunites not just Frusciante but longtime collaborator Rick Rubin who now enjoys three decades with the group, working on Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), Californication (1999), By The Way (2002), and Stadium Arcadium (2006).
Frusciante said “when we started writing material, we began by playing old songs by people like Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Kinks, The New York Dolls, Richard Barrett and others.
“Ever so gradually, we started bringing in new ideas, and turning jams into songs, and after a couple of months the new stuff was all we were playing.
“The feeling of effortless fun we had when we were playing songs by other people stayed with us the whole time we were writing, and for me, this record represents our love for, and faith in each other.”
“Our only goal is to get lost in the music,” the band said.
“We spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could.
“Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos, we were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together, and, once again, try to get better.
“We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on our new album is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe.
This view of the universe is truly reflected in the album boasting a description of the interplay between the band bordering on intergalactic once again, yet elevated to another stratosphere altogether.
“Unlimited Love represents the united spirit of four individual souls still fearlessly exploring the future of their eternal friendship and musical congregation.”
On lead track ‘Black Summer’, ethereal guitar underlines introspective lyrics as the rhythm unlocks a hypnotic drum groove highlighted by evocative bass.
It quietly inhales only to exhale with a massive refrain, “It’s been a long time since I made a new friend, waiting on another black summer to end,” before a guitar solo echoes to the heavens and back.
The album is out now.
Click here to purchase the vinyl record via Warner Music Australia.