'Dark Necessities' will be the band's first single in nearly five years
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A new Red Hot Chili Peppers song is on the way, the band announced via Twitter Monday. The single, titled “Dark Necessities,” is slated to hit Thursday.

The track marks the rock vets’ first official single in nearly five years, and the first taste of their impending record. In January, frontman Anthony Kiedis revealed the group was in “the home stretch” of finishing their next album, with production assists from Danger Mouse and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him,” Kiedis said on Joney’s Jukebox, a radio show hosted by Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones. “[Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio.’ We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.”

The collection serves as the long-anticipated follow-up to the Peppers’ 2011 release, I’m With You. See their tweet below.