[lastfm]The Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] have confirmed that they are preparing to head into the studio to start working on a new album. In a recent interview with Spin, drummer Chad Smith revealed that the group has been working on songs since last October and will likely hit the record button sometime in July.
The currently untitled album will be the tenth studio offering for the Chili Peppers and their first new recording since 2006′s Stadium Arcadium.
“Since last October we’ve been working on things, and probably in a few weeks we’ll be going into the studio with Rick Rubin . . . Pre-production will take a few months, but I’d say by July we’ll be laying down real tracks. We have a lot of material, probably about 20 songs,” Smith said.
He continued on to explain that the group is ready to start a new chapter without guitarist John Frusciante, adding, “We were sad to see John leave the band, but he has to do what he wants and follow his path . . .”
“We’re all thrilled to have Josh [Klinghoffer, RHCP's new guitarist] be part of the group now. He’s been a friend of ours for a long time. He’s played with us, he’s played with John – he’s a real natural fit.”