Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a new song called "Dark Necessities" on Thursday (May 5th), according to a tweet the band posted on Monday morning (May 2nd). The track is likely to be the first single from the Los Angeles quartet's upcoming 11th studio album. More details on that, including the set's title and arrival date, are expected to be revealed after the single premieres.
"Dark Necessities" will be the first new Chili Peppers tune in five years. Bassist Flea told us a while back that he's not a fan himself of listening to a new album one song at a time: "I think that people who really love music are always going to listen to a whole body of work together. It's not just like, you don't wanna hear just one little thing, you wanna hear the whole storm and the calm after the storm and the whole thing. You wanna live all the things that life has and not just one little piece. But at the same time, there's a lot of great singles that live on their own and I'm proud of any of the songs by themselves."
- The new Chili Peppers set will follow up 2011's I'm With You.
- The disc was produced by regular Black Keys collaborator Danger Mouse and is the first Peppers LP not produced by Rick Rubin since 1989’s Mother Milk.
- The Chili Peppers have been visible lately, playing a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders and just last week appearing at a benefit staged by drummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell.
- The band has a number of festival appearances coming up, including a radio festival in Irvine, California on May 14th, Ohio's Rock On The Range on May 22nd and BottleRock in Napa, California on May 29th. The group will then head to Europe for a while before returning to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 30th.