But fans gave I’m With You its own energy after new man Kilnghoffer scribbled it down at a moment’s notice
The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided to call their new album I’m With You after new guitarist Josh Kilnghoffer scribbled it down and flashed in front of his bandmates’ faces at a moment’s notice.
The band have revealed the cover artwork for their first release since 2006′s Stadium Arcadium: a minimalist image showing a fly sitting on a pill capsule, designed by British artist Damien Hirst.
But frontman Anthony Kiedis says they didn’t really know what the title meant when they picked it – and they certainly didn’t expect the reaction they’ve had from fans.
He tells MTV: “We thought of naming it after a song on the album. When I mentioned it to producer Rick Rubin he said, ‘That just makes it seem like we don’t have enough ideas’.
“I didn’t even stop to think of the fact that every one of our records is like that. I don’t think a shortage of ideas was our primary dilemma. But as an experiment I started making lists of titles.
“All of them were quite lame. None of them really captured the spirit of this record, which we’d all fallen in love with.
“Then Josh showed up one day, maybe a day before deadline, and he wrote ‘I’m With You’ on a piece of paper. He very subtly flashed it in front of me and I was like, ‘What’s that?’
“We all kind of put our eyes on it together and went, ‘That’s the title of our record.’”
Klinghoffer, who replaced guitarist John Frusciante in 2009 after he elected not to return following the Chilis’ two-year layoff, says: “It came almost out of nowhere. But it seems pretty open, pretty apropos to where the band is.”
Kiedis adds: “The first time I heard a non-one-of-us mention it, it gave me the best feeling you could ever imagine. Unbeknownst to me the news had hit the radio. Some kid came up to me and shook my hand, and he said, ‘I’m with you.’ I was like, ‘Why are you saying that? Where did you hear that?’ He said, ‘I’m with you!’ It was a great feeling.”