Red Hot Chili Peppers have released “Dark Necessities,” the first single from the band’s upcoming 11th studio album. The disc, titled The Getaway, will arrive on June 17th and follows up the quartet’s 2011 effort, I’m With You. The new set was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by regular Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich.

  • Singer Anthony Kiedis said about working with Danger Mouse, “(He) is very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he’ll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials. Which is a beautiful place to be.”
  • The Getaway is the first Chili Peppers album to be made without longtime producer Rick Rubin in 25 years.
  • “Dark Necessities” was released to radio and all digital retailers, and is now streaming at Apple Music and Spotify. The track is also available as an instant download to fans who pre-orderThe Getaway.
  • Other tracks on the 13-song record include the title song, “We Turn Red,” “The Longest Wave,” “Goodbye Angels,” “Go Robot,” “Feasting On The Flowers” and six more.
  • 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.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to “Dark Necessities”:

LISTENERS’ POLL: Thumbs up or thumbs down on the new Chili Peppers song?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone and Alternative Nation — agree or not?

MrDeclanDwight wrote: “Lovely sound… well done Danger Mouse & Nigel Godrich.”

Listener wrote: “Great song! RHCP can still bring it.”

cv wrote: “Listened once and I don’t like it – won’t buy the album. I know they can’t replace what they had with John Frusciante, but this sounds like they gave up and have effectively put the electric guitar on the back burner. This track is slick and polished, and it will probably appeal to lots of people in the Adult Contemporary category. But RHCP has drifted too far from what made them such a delicious band in the first place.”

Jesusswept wrote: “I expected to hate it, but the song is actually not bad. very different from what I anticipated.”

Shane99 wrote: “I’m hoping there are better songs on the album, but yeah I’m okay with this one.”

Pink Taco wrote: “BORING rubbish. I reckon all the soccer moms are gaga for it.”