Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante confirmed that the band continues to work on new material. Last year, after a decade-long break, Frusciante rejoined the group, replacing the man who took over for him, Josh Klinghoffer. During a recent interview with Australia’s Double J Radio, Frusciante explained that the band spent a few months in personal self-quarantine and then, “Went back to rehearsing, and are moving ahead and writing new music. What I found exciting when I started playing with them (again) is to see what I could do with a guitar. For me, for the last 12 years, guitar was just something I practiced music with and it’s not such a big part of the music I make. So it was that idea of how many different worlds you can pull out of a Stratocaster.”

Frusciante went on to describe on a technical side, the gear he’s been using for the project has lit a new kind of fire under him: “Other records I’d use multiple guitars, but so far in this studio, I’ve done everything on one guitar. (I’m) just trying to make that guitar speak in different ways and say something different in every tune. It’s a musical challenge of sorts.”

Frusciante also shed light on how he and drummer Chad Smith are connecting on a whole other level, explaining, “Chad and I are having an interactive thing different than we did before. Before I didn’t even know the difference between a ride cymbal and a crash cymbal. Now, I’m a drummer in my own way through breakbeats and drum machines. A lot of the drums are crazier than what we did before.”

FAST FACTS

  • In December 2019, Red Hot Chili Peppers parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer with John Frusciante rejoining the band.
  • Frusciante’s two previous stints in the group were marked by some of their biggest commercial successes.
  • Klinghoffer was in the Chili Peppers for a decade, playing on the band’s last two studio albums, 2011’s I’m With You and 2016’s The Getaway.
  • Frusciante joined the Chili Peppers following the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988. He first played on 1989’s Mother’s Milk and 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the two albums that marked the band’s transition from struggling act to breakout stars.
  • A heroin addiction took Frusciante out of action in 1993, but he rejoined the Peppers six years later, playing on 1999’s massively successful Californication and 2002’s By The Way. He left again after 2009’s Stadium Arcadium, making some 14 studio LP’s during an eclectic solo career.

SIDE NOTES

  • Back in June, John Frusciante released a new six-song LP under the name Trickfinger, titled She Smiles Because She Presses The Button. The disc came less than two months after his last solo outing, Look Down, See Us.
  • The ambient electronic style is a far cry from the music Frusciante has made with the Chili Peppers. The new album is the result of what a statement called years of being immersed “in machines, learning tracker programs, synths and drum machines inside and out, applying the same, tireless approach he’s exhibited throughout his career.”

CHECK IT OUT: Excerpts from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first show with John Frusciante since 2007 on February 8th, 2020 live in L.A. — with Stephen Perkins sitting in for Chad Smith: