For fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2022 has been nothing but a dream.
In a shock announcement last month, the California funk masters (and recent Clash cover stars) announced their second Rick Rubin produced record of the year, ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’, set to be released in October – just six months after their previous number one album ‘Unlimited Love’.
Yesterday, the band released the lead single on their forthcoming album ‘Tippa My Tongue’, another delicious offering that could not sound more like the Chili Peppers. Funky Flea bass-slaps a-plenty and groovy Frusiciante riffs to match, swirl around Anthony Kiedis’ kinetic, thought-provoking lyrics.
Littered with easter eggs that reflect on the band’s colourful history, yet still sounding fresh and new, the track is surely an exciting taste of what’s to come.
It would be fair to assume that a band that has achieved this level of success, four decades into their career, would be about ready to hang up their instruments. But ‘Tippa my Tongue’ suggests otherwise.
“We’ve only just begun, funky monks are on the run”, Kiedis sings in the chorus of the track. Referencing the fourth track on their essential 90s opus ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, whilst also alluding to a resurgence in some form – perhaps the looming release of their thirteenth full length album?
Currently on the North American leg of their stadium tour, which boasts an impressive list of openers including King Princess, The Strokes, St. Vincent and Haim, the band have been making non-stop noise since the release of ‘Unlimited Love’ and evidently can’t be stopped. In a collective statement released by the band, RHCP say “’Return Of The Dream Canteen’ is everything we are and ever dreamed of being. It’s packed. Made with the blood of our hearts.”
Alongside the radio ready funktastic single comes an eccentric, trippy, vibrantly coloured video directed by Malia James, who previously directed Unlimited Love single ‘These Are the Ways’. It’s difficult to believe Flea and Kiedis are touching 60, as they bounce around the set with animal energy.
As proved by the packed-out stadiums they’re currently taking on, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ardent fan base are clearly not going anywhere, and neither are the band. It may be down to the bursting library of tunes that have soundtrack the lives of many, or simply because the Chili Peppers are so great at what they do. Tippa my Tongue is a fresh take, yet still locates the bands signature sound and thus shows their constant need to create.
This constant creation seems innate for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and one that is ever evolving and opening new doors. Speaking to Clash earlier this year, Flea said of the Chili Peppers comeback: “I just think of it as we just are still fucking doing it, man, you know? It’s just what we do. This is our life’s purpose. This is our mission. This is our gig”.
Tune in now.
‘Tippa My Tongue’ is out now. Return of the Dream Canteen is set to arrive October 14th Via Warner Records.
Words: Isabella Miller