It would seem that 2016 is the year of the comebacks. The Last Shadow Puppets recently made their return, JT’s bringing sexy back, and yesterday something exhilarating took place. I crawled in to my car in a sluggish fashion, attempting to motivate myself for my training session at such an ungodly hour, and my ears pricked up when I turned on the engine and the radio came on. That voice, that sound…it couldn’t be, surely not.…HOLY SHIT IT’S THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ NEW SINGLE!!!!!! Music has never been played so loud at 5:30AM!!!! I had never felt so awake!!! Throughout my life, I have only ever met one person who dislikes The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Lucy Bowden may your shame resonate across the wide wide web), therefore who could not be excited about the revival of arguably one of the most epic rock bands ever to grace this earth?? Ahead of their new album, Getaway (to be released on 17th June), and a busy Summer full of festivals, RHCP released yesterday their new single, Dark Necessities. I bid you heave a sigh of relief, for it is, put simply, fantastic.
Dark Necessities is the holy matrimony of soft-rock and funk. The enviable marriage of the Chili Peppers’ first guitarist’s (Hillel Slovak) aggressive, punk sound, with John Frusciante’s emotional guitar playing. Inspired by the words of Mr Schneebly, The Chili Peppers have indeed created ‘musical fusion’. The introduction builds up gradually, drawing you in, you begin to anticipate something pretty spectacular…and then BAM! Did you feel that? You just got hit by the force of the funkiest bass line that ever erupted out of your speaker. It’s just got that deep slap n’ pop and all the right notes that makes you praise the lord above for music. Flea is the true genius in this song, and if his funkalicious magic reappears on the rest of the abum, then come 17th June, hold on to the railings folks because things are gonna get overwhelmingly groovy. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine back in 2014, he talked about preparations for the new album and said, “It’s cool. It’s super danceable, funky shit and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.” Nothing I say now will ever beat that description.
However, like I said, the heavy bass line is softened by Antony Kiedis’ traditional voice, which hasn’t aged a day since his baby-faced, suspiciously long-haired youth. His voice blends all of the different sounds together, notably the arrival of a new and surprising instrument for the Chili Peppers; a piano. Maybe not as exciting as a cowbell or the wooden frog that you were assigned in nursery music class, but the addition of the piano in this song is fresh and invigorating. The accompanying chords are rich and melodious and even have their own moment in the spotlight in an uplifting instrumental moment. Perhaps a different direction for RHCP but, not to fear die-hard rock addicts, the guitars are still there and rock a solo towards the end of the track which is going to be wicked performed live. But for the majority of the song they’re just chilling in the background like the cool, mysterious dude in dark shades sat at the back of the bar; doesn’t have to say much but you can guarantee he’s cool as tits.
So, now we have an inspiring first single, all that is left to do is book your tickets to see them live over the Summer (see dates below) and pray to God that the rest of the album turns out to be as rewarding. If you’re really keen then you can pre-order the album on iTunes and potentially get some sneaky singles along the way to whet your appetite, but based on what we have already heard, I am 83% sure that we shall not be disappointed. This is The Red Hot Chili Peppers and not The Vamps, so we are in musically safe hands.
Keep playing that funky music white boys, and peeps keep jigging to it,
10 July 2016 – T in the Park, Scotland
25 August – Tennent’s Vial, Belfast
26 August 2016 – Leeds Festival, Leeds
27 August 2016 – Reading Festival, Reading