Red Hot Chili Peppers rarely do things small, but drummer Chad Smith reveals in a new interview that he feels the band's next album won't be as epic in scale.

Smith states that the band has cut back on the usual number of songs they record for a disc, hoping to hone in on top candidates and go from there. "We've probably worked up close to 30 songs," Smith tells Music Radar. "I don't know if we'll record all of them. I think last time we overdid it a little, so we're really trying to hone in on the ones that'll rise to the top. Maybe we'll do a bit more pre-production so we can make sure the songs are the best they can be."

The drummer also reveals that the band is nearing the end of the writing stage. "We're really close to getting in to start recording. I think we'll probably go up to December, do a little pre-production on 'em and then we'll take a little Christmas break. I hope to be recording after the first of the year."

But scaling back on tracks is definitely on Smith's mind. He laughingly states, "It won't be 50 [songs] like last time. We always say, 'Oh, we're going to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,' and then it always turns into an epic f---ing thing. This time, I think we'll focus on the quality and not the quantity."

Earlier this fall, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea also spoke of the band's new music. Speaking about the direction of their songs, he stated, "It's cool. It's super danceable, funky s--t and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it's super fun to play."

Stay tuned and look for more from Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2015.

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