Red Hot Chili Peppers Hipster Makeover Continues Unabated With ‘Monarchy of Roses’ Video
Middle-aged man-children funking all over Raymond Pettibon-inspired art
Now approaching their 30th year as a band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are doing their damnedest to stay young and current. Their last video, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” introduced frontman Anthony Keidis’s new look — hipster stache, Franzcentric blazer and haircut combo, and an OFF! Trucker cap — not to mention the band’s new 32-year-old wunderkind guitar player Josh Klinghoffer, formerly of Los Angeles art-fucks Warpaint.
Now they’ve released the second video off, I’m With You, “Monarchy Of Roses,” and it might has well have fallen off the truck at a Vice party. Directed by Mark Klasfeld, the clip is clearly inspired by the artwork of Raymond Pettibon, the California artist whose Black Flag and Minutmen sleeves surely moved the Peps in the early ’80s, but has recently experienced a reappreciation thanks to a slew of new covers (OFF!, Foo Fighters, Crystal Antlers) and gallery exhibits. Also, Flea is wearing glasses!
Considering how killer this video is — including drummer Chad Smith going especially ham on the bridge — we wouldn’t kick these dudes out of our loft party, even if they did write “Hump De Bump.” Watch below!