The Red Hot Chili Peppers New Album The Getaway
The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album The Getaway is a perfect example of how opening up to change can take you to another level.
Through any career, especially creative pursuits, you have to be willing to evolve and shake things up to get better. You can’t stay in one place if you want to grow.
The 11th studio album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a new perspective in the form of a new producer. Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) took the reigns for The Getaway. His new direction was a welcome change and offered a different presentation than we usually see from the band.
I love this album, and this album made me love the Red Hot Chili Peppers again.
Honestly, since Blood Sugar Sex Magik and it’s enormous success, the Red Hot Chili Peppers sort of fell off my radar. Their tumultuous band life and a kind of stagnant sound had been leaving me looking for more.
Sure I’d hear a new release on the radio over the years and like it enough to learn the chorus or a great line, but never grabbing my attention enough to pursue the album as a whole.
This album changed it for me. It has to do with three things in no particular order.
Danger Mouse has taken them in a different direction with their sound. He also co-writes and plays on some of the songs.
Kiedis revealed in an interview Danger Mouse didn’t like all the songs they brought to him and asked them to work and change many they had already written. It was a very collaborative effort in the end, and the result is fantastic.
His flare on the album is apparent and a welcome change for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
My favorite songs on the album are “Feasting on the Flowers” and “The Hunter.”
I would call this album beautiful. A look into love and loss, shared experience, and their survival as a band.
The album cover itself has the theme of survival. “Coalition II” a painting by Kevin Paterson is the first existing piece of art used as an album cover by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The artist himself a survivor of addiction says it depicts:
“The strength that it takes growing up in the world today, those traumas that it takes to get through it, and to survive and thrive.”
Fleas unhappiness with creative cohesiveness has been documented numerous times over the years. He would often contemplate the bands future and if he belonged to it.
Flea himself had a disruption during the recording of this album in the form of a snowboarding accident. He broke his arm which delayed recording by six months in trying to re-scheduled with Danger Mouse.
Flea revealed to 102.1 the edge he enjoyed the time to himself but was grateful to play again. All the bullshit didn’t matter anymore; he just wanted to play in a band with his friends.
Another welcome influence on this album from Danger Mouse is the emergence of Josh Klinghoffer.
Yes he was on their last Album “I’m with you,” but if you’ve ever listened to it, he’s in the background.
On this new album the Getaway, he shines through loud and clear.
The Getaway Album
On each song, he adds his style, and it shows. He is now apart of the band and at times is a driving force.
I hear influences of the Doors in his playing, and it shines through in “The Hunter.” The song was originally written by Flea on the piano. He actually plays trumpet for this song on the album while Josh plays the bass.
“I laid it down on piano, the whole thing from beginning to end, and then Josh (Klinghoffer, guitar) started playing all this stuff over it and it kept the piano. You know what I mean? So, it has that feeling of the piano on it and then Josh played all the stuff. Josh plays the bass on that song too. And then Chad (Smith) played drums after.” – Flea via Songfacts
The album, by Anthony Keidis’s admission, has songs and themes of breaking up. He and his girlfriend of 2 years had a May-December relationship. They recently split, and you can hear Keidis process his loss.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers enjoyed the creative change, and the direction Danger Mouse brought to the table. It can be viewed as a challenge and a stepping stone to keep changing it up. Sitting in the same place with the same old habits can be comfortable. Change is uncomfortable but brings you out of your shell. It shows what you can accomplish and the great heights you can reach.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Carpool Karaoke
In their 30 plus year career as a band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers did not allow for an entirely peaceful and tranquil journey.
Addiction and changing of the guard over the years had to be disruptive and hard at times. For a deeper clarity on their history check out Anthony Kiedis’ memoir Scar Tissue.
Although together for many years, it’s only recently they have worked through creative differences and options in constructive ways. There is a more fluid telepathy again. All members of the band are healthy and focused on the tasks at hand. Creating great music.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 and they’ve headlined the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2014. Over their career, they have sold 80+million albums and won 6 Grammy’s, all the while battling drug addictions, divorces, and year-long world tours. Imagine what they can do with creative stability, health, and happiness.
In the ever positive words of drummer Chad Smith.
You can buy The Getaway here on Amazon or below on iTunes.
I had the fortune of seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Toronto at the ACC for The Getaway Tour. It was an energetic show, and they played many of their hits and songs from the new album. Lighting and distance prevented a great shot, but I will leave you with the recognizable symbol of the ever evolving Red Hot Chili Peppers.
You can check out their Tour here.