The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been in the news lately not only for their upcoming album The Getaway (which will be their first studio effort since 2011’s I’m With You) but for lead singer Anthony Kiedis’ health scare causing the band to cancel a few dates on their tour in support of their new album set be released on June 17th. As far as we know, the band is still planning to take the stage this weekend at BottleRock, but today the group released the second single off The Getaway.
“The Getaway” diverts from the forthcoming album’s lead single, “Dark Necessities” by giving us a mid-tempo groove that is helped by Flea’s always phenomenal bass playing (What RHCP song isn’t though?). However, what really stands out is Josh Klinghoffer’s slightly eerie staccato guitar which pairs well with Kiedis’ more relaxed singing style. Although on the surface the song sounds perfect to add to a ‘Summertime Chill Mix’ that you might listen to while drinking beer at the beach, focus on the chorus and you feel a wash of guilt and sadness come over you:
Another lonely superstar
To get away inside your car
Take it much too far
Surrender to the brave inside
A lover that another tried
Take it, too my ride
Comparing “The Getaway” with “Dark Necessities” back-to-back, you can easily tell why “Dark Necessities” was chosen as the lead single, but don’t dismiss “The Getaway” and the rest of the tracks on the album just yet. No, it’s not going to be Stadium Arcadium or Californication, and it’s definitely not going to be Mother’s Milk, but did you honestly think that their first album not produced by Rick Rubin after a million years (OK, I’m exaggerating, but Rubin has produced every RHCP studio album since 1989) would sound similar? When you listen to “The Getaway” you don’t say to yourself, “This is a hit single” right away, but it’s a solid track that will leave you curious to hear the rest of the songs off their new album.