In a since deleted tweet, Chili Peppers bassist Flea confirmed Danger Mouse as the previously mentioned “unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music.”
“The new album is shaping up good,” drummer Chad Smith explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “We’ve done the ‘guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once’ thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
Danger Mouse worked with The Black Keys on their last three albums — 2010’s Brothers, 2011’s El Camino, and 2014’s Turn Blue — and also helmed U2’s Songs of Innocence and Portugal. the Man’s Evil Friends.
The as-yet-untitled Chili Peppers LP will arrive sometime in 2015, according to the band. It serves as the follow-up to 2011’s I’m With You and marks the band’s first release not produced by Rick Rubin since 1989’s Mother’s Milk.