Flea, the exuberant bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has released a new solo EP with all proceeds going to a charitable organization.
The EP, titled Helen Burns, is a solo effort from Flea which he recorded after the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2006-2007 tour for their album Stadium Arcadium. However, the music you will find here will not be what you may be expecting and he goes out of his way to make note of that. Flea warns “it is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home.” Burns also boasts some guest vocals from Punk legend Patti Smith.
Helen Burns is being released to help raise funds for the The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organization that Flea co-founded in 2001. The EP is being released digitally with a pay-what-you-want format and in vinyl. For $75 you’ll get the 180 gram vinyl autographed by Flea plus a piece of bass string actually played by Flea.
Get your copy here and help support a good cause for the sake of keeping music alive.