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RHCP Back To Recording After Festival Gigs

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Flea, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be getting back to work on their next album later this month, after taking a break to play some shows -- including last weekend's Isle of Wight Festival in England.

Drummer Chad Smith tells us that the group has a good head start on the project, which follows 2011's "I'm With You:

"We've recorded 20 songs and we're gonna write a batch more, maybe get a couple more good ones out of it and we'll record those. We got a good head start on the record...It's good. It came together quickly. Usually we write for a long time, and we started after the Super Bowl and we went and we wrote, so that's, what -- February, March, April...We did like, about two and a half months."

Rick Rubin, who's been producing the Chili Peppers since 1991's "Blood Sugar Sex Magic," is currently not involved but Smith says the group hasn't made a final decision about who it will be working with on the project. The group has no live dates booked at the moment.